Willoughby calls it a day
Essex’s Charl Willoughby has brought the curtain down on his 21-year career by announcing his retirement from cricket.
The South African joined Essex at the beginning of this campaign following a six-season stint in Taunton with Somerset.
Willoughby was contracted to remain with the LV= County Championship Division Two side for one more year, but has decided to call time on his playing days.
The 37-year-old took just 19 wickets this season due to a spate of injuries and a lack of playing time.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of being a pro cricketer since 1994 but after the injuries I have endured this year and lack of cricket I have played this season, I have decided to move on from the game,” Willoughby said.
“I have really enjoyed my short time with Essex CCC and thank them for the opportunity afforded to me. They are a great club full of potential and wish them all the success in the future.
“I would like to thank everyone for the support over the years and hope I have given many hours of good cricket for them to enjoy."
Essex head coach Paul Grayson added: “I would like to thank Charl for his contribution this year at Essex but unfortunately it has not worked out for him.
“He is a proven top-class bowler but picked up some niggles which have caused him to miss a majority of the season.
“Charl is a popular member of the dressing room and we wish him and his family the best of luck for the future.”
Willoughby represented the Proteas on five occasions and claimed 2-39 on his one-day international debut against Pakistan in 2000.
His second and final Test appearance came in a draw with England at Edgbaston in 2003.