Mason forced to retire
Worcestershire paceman Matt Mason has announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the age of 37 after a decade with the county.
The Australian has been dogged by shoulder problems for the past three seasons and will now revert to a full-time role as bowling coach for the Royals after combining it with playing for the past two years.
Mason, who took 314 first-class wickets for Worcestershire at an average of 26.91, said: "It is with a great deal of pride, and more than a hint of sadness, that I have decided to retire from cricket with immediate effect.
"The ongoing battle I have had with my shoulder, since a major operation in 2008, has finally taken its toll and has brought about this decision.
"I have had a career with Worcestershire that I am extremely proud of, and to try and extend it further while battling with injury would only do myself, my team-mates, and all our loyal supporters a great disservice.
"To now have the full-time role of bowling coach presents me with a great challenge. The prospect of nurturing our current crop of talented young bowlers as well as unearthing future stars is exciting and I'm looking forward to contributing to Worcestershire's future success, only now it won't be with the ball in my hand."