Scott hangs up his gloves
Wicketkeeper Ben Scott has retired from professional cricket after being released by Worcestershire, who have handed new contracts to four promising youngsters.
Scott, 31, has chosen to pursue a career outside of the sport. In three seasons at New Road he averaged 24 with the bat in first-class cricket and claimed 60 catches behind the stumps. His highest score of 106 came in victory over Lancashire in July.
Scott's exit is offset by news of Chris Russell, Brett D’Oliveira, Matthew Pardoe and Neil Pinner all signing new contracts.
The latter three, who all experienced first team cricket in 2012, are products of Worcestershire’s academy system, while 23-year-old seamer Russell delivered a superb performance during this summer’s two-day tour game against South Africa.
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “All four of these youngsters have played their part for the first XI during a difficult season (in which Worcestershire were relegated in the LV= County Championship).
“We do expect them to kick on and improve as players as their careers progress.”