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Balcombe calls it a day

Surrey seamer David Balcombe has retired from professional cricket to pursue a career away from the game.

The 31-year-old, who previously represented Hampshire and also had a loan spell at Kent, took 196 wickets in 67 first-class matches during an 11-season career that also included 17 limited-overs appearances. 

A product of the Surrey Academy, he rejoined the Kia Oval outfit on a two-year deal from Hampshire in 2014 but did not make a first-team appearance. 

“To play professional cricket was a dream come true and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute,” Balcombe, who is set to work for the Kevin Pietersen Foundation, said.

“I have made lifelong friends, experienced some wonderful career moments and it provided me with 10 seasons of immense enjoyment.

“I am very grateful to Surrey for all their support this year and for their help and understanding in my decision to retire.”

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