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Powell pulls up stumps

Kent batsman Michael Powell has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 36.

A consistent performer boasting over 13,000 first-class runs, Powell spent 15 years with home county Glamorgan before moving to Canterbury at the end of the 2011 season.

He was called into England’s one-day squad as cover in 2004 and also toured with the Lions but was never capped.

Powell suffered a career-threatening injury when a blood clot in his shoulder forced him to have a rib removed in 2007. However, he went on to recover and the rib in question was buried under the outfield at the SWALEC Stadium.

Powell will now return to Wales and take up a position at Thomas Carroll PLC, a Cardiff-based consultancy firm.

“I have had a wonderful career and I owe a lot to many people within cricket,” said Powell.

“I enjoyed an extremely rewarding career at Glamorgan and have also relished the opportunity to play for Kent over the last two seasons.

"I would like to thank everyone for their continued support throughout my career, including supporters at both at Glamorgan and Kent. I have a number of exciting opportunities on the horizon, and look forward to moving on to the next stage of my career.”

Kent chairman Graham Johnson added: “Mike has helped Kent through a transition period and, true to his approach to cricket over a number of years, has done so in a very positive way, adding to all aspects of Kent Cricket.

“I find it particularly pleasing for someone who has added so much to professional cricket that such a positive opportunity has arisen to enable Mike to look forward in his life after cricket. I hope he finds time to come back to see the fruits of what he has helped establish; he will always be welcome.”

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