Chris Read ‘thrilled’ as he ends career with Nottinghamshire with promotion


“Thrilled” Chris Read says winning promotion with Nottinghamshire is a nice endnote to his career.

The 39-year-old played a captain’s role as Notts clinched an immediate return to Division One of the County Championship with a draw in their final match of the season against Sussex at Hove, scoring 124 with the bat.

“It worked out well in the end and it’s been an enjoyable last day of my career,” said retiring Read.

“(Notts head coach) Peter Moores spoke to me about maybe having a bowl at the end there but I’ve kept wicket for 20 years and that’s how I wanted to finish – with the pads on.”

Notts finished the season in second place in the Division Two table, 16 points behind champions Worcestershire.

“We’re thrilled to be promoted,” added Read.

“The side we had for the first nine games would have competed at the business end of Division One.

Nottinghamshire’s Chris Read celebrates his century with team-mate Billy Root during day three of the County Championship Division Two match between Sussex and Nottinghamshire at Hove

“We’ve tested the strength of our squad in the last few weeks and it’s been extremely satisfying to see guys like Tom Moores and Billy Root perform and help get us over the line.

“We will need to use that depth next season when we lose players to international cricket and the squad is stretched but I would urge the guys to take what we have achieved forward and work out a way of winning the first division.

“I will miss the wonderful friends I have made in the game, not only at Trent Bridge but in the opposition too.

“I’ll miss my little disorganised corner of the dressing room and sharing a beer afterwards and celebrate a win or chew the fat if it’s gone wrong.

“But trying to maintain the level of performance you expect of yourself gets harder and harder, that’s why I have decided to retire.

“I feel that my performance levels are only going to drop off but I’d like to think I go out maybe not at the top but not too far off.”



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