Veteran Batty decides to hang up his gloves
EXPERIENCED Gloucestershire wicket-keeper Jon Batty has called time on his professional career after 18 years in the first-class game.
The 38-year-old, who joined the County from Surrey three years ago, made eight County Championship Division Two appearances last season.
Batty scored 256 runs at an average of 28.44 and hit one fifty, but with his current deal at an end he has decided to call time on his distinguished career.
Batty said: "It's with great sadness that the moment has come for me to call time on my career.
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"I've had an amazing 18 years playing first-class cricket and living the dream. My mind is full of wonderful memories that will last forever.
"I'd like to thank Gloucestershire for the last three years. I hope I've been a positive influence and helped the side develop as they build towards a return to the top flight in the future.
"Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me, both on and off the field, over the years."
Gloucestershire are thought to be eyeing up a move for South African-born Cheltenham star Gareth Roderick to replace Batty on the staff and compete with Richard Coughtrie for the gloves.
Roderick, who would qualify as a domestic player as his parents are British, struck a record 1,231 runs in the West of England Premier League this season.
The 21-year-old has played 12 first-class games in South Africa with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Dolphins and has represented Gloucestershire's Second XI this term.
â Gloucestershire have been drawn alongside local rivals Somerset and Glamorgan in the group stages for the 2013 CB40 competition.
Leicestershire, Middlesex, Yorkshire and the Unicorns – a team made up of the best non-first-class players – complete group C.
CB 40 GROUP A: Kent, Netherlands, Northants, Notts, Sussex, Warwickshire, Worcestershire.
GROUP B: Lancashire, Derbyshire, Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Scotland, Surrey.
GROUP C: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Somerset, Unicorns, Yorkshire.