No play for Kent or Saggers at a wet and windy St Lawrence

Monday 14th September 2009

Martin Saggers took 415 first-class wickets in his 11-year career

Kent v Leicestershire LV County Championship, Division 2 Day one, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
THE opening day of Kent“s Division 2 clash with Leicestershire was abandoned without a ball being bowled at St Lawrence on Tuesday ensuring the club“s title celebrations will have to wait a while longer yet.
Umpires Peter Hartley and Jeff Evans called off hopes for the day just after 3.15pm when a second heavy downpour arrived just as the players had started their pre-game warm-ups.
With only eight points needed to ensure the Division 2 title, Kent“s faithful will hope for a prompt start on Wednesday, but sadly it appears as though they have seen the last of Martin Saggers, who has announced his retirement.
The 37-year-old winner of three England caps has struggled with an ainjury to his left knee this season and he is now hoping to forge a new career in umpiring.
Saggers said: “I“ve had 11 great seasons and I“ve realised many of my dreams. It was a pleasure to play for both Kent and England, so there is no sadness today, the reality is my knee won“t allow me to bowl any longer.”