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Waters announces retirement

Glamorgan bowler Huw Waters has decided to call time on his professional playing career following a lengthy battle against a debilitating injury at the age of just 27.

Since making his debut at Trent Bridge in 2005, Waters took 110 first-class wickets, with his career-best figures of 7-53 coming fitting at the home of Welsh cricket, the SWALEC Stadium, in 2012.

Waters said in a statement: "It is with great disappointment that I have been forced to announce my retirement through the disorder 'exercise induced dystonia'. The last 12-18 months have been very difficult and we have explored all routes to overcome this and get back playing.

"After various specialists looking at my case, it has been concluded that no treatment would have allowed me to perform at first-class level.

"I am thankful for all the support I have received from everyone at the club. The patience and understanding they have shown is something I am very grateful for. I have to thank them for giving me the opportunity to live my dream to play cricket for Glamorgan and I wish the club well for the future.

Huw Waters celebrates with his Glamorgan teammates after taking a wicket against Leicestershire in 2011
"I have some great memories to look back on and so many people were a huge part of those memories.

"A special mention has to go to the PCA, especially Ian Thomas, for all their continued support and guidance."

Glamorgan director of cricket and chief executive Hugh Morris added: "Huw's decision has been forced upon him and it is a great shame he has to retire at an age when a player would expect to have many more years left to play.

"He was capable of outstanding spells with the ball and stubborn innings at the tail or as a night-watchman.  

"He has been the consummate professional, capable of leading our attack, and his calm demeanour in both pressure and everyday situations means he will be sadly missed by the team and everyone at the club. We wish him well for the future.”

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