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Paul Horton retires from professional cricket

Leicestershire County Cricket Club batsman Paul Horton has announced his retirement from professional cricket.

The opener joined the club ahead of the 2016 season from Lancashire CCC and was Club Captain for the majority of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Horton scored 2,787 first-class runs for Leicestershire CCC, including three centuries, at an average of almost 30. He also added 440 runs in white ball cricket with a top score of 103 in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Northamptonshire.

Horton, who is studying for a Masters of Sport Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University, has reflected fondly on his career.

He said: “After 421 games and 19 years in the professional game, at two wonderful clubs, it’s time to say goodbye to first-class cricket. I have been fortunate enough to have a career in something I could only have dreamt of as a child. It’s been great fun.

“Over the years, it has been an honour to represent and captain both Lancashire County Cricket Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club respectively. I have made many lifelong friends and enjoyed some wonderful times playing this great game.

“I would like to thank all of my coaches, as well as supporters along the way - you’ve helped me in my journey with both your guidance and support. I would also like to thank Leicestershire in recent years for their support when I needed time away from the game to be with my family.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “Horts [Paul Horton] always fronted up for us as an opening batsman and captain. Paul’s experience and professionalism helped to guide our young squad and he made some important runs at the top of the order. We wish Paul well.”

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Sean Jarvis said: "The 2020 season was a unique one and we appreciated Paul’s understanding as it gave opportunities to other players. Our best wishes go to Paul and his family for the future.”