Essex legend Ryan ten Doeschate has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the year.
Ten Doeschate has been at Essex since 2003 and made a total of 554 appearances in all formats, scoring 17,046 runs and picking up 348 wickets.
The 41-year-old has been integral to the county's success in recent years, captaining them to two County Championship trophies in 2017 and 2019 and last year's Bob Willis Trophy.
Ten Doeschate has also represented the Netherlands at several major tournaments and his final games as a professional cricketer will come for the nation at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Reflecting on his decision, Ten Doeschate said: "From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with Essex during my time at the Club.
"It’s been the greatest professional experience to grow in this environment, to watch the organisation and the individuals within it evolve and become something that I am extremely proud to have been a part of.
"The support that the team and myself personally have enjoyed has been phenomenal and is greatly appreciated.
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"The staff, members, sponsors, and supporters have made Essex a fabulous place to play cricket.
"My professional career would not have been the same without some very special teammates, who I know will be lifelong friends.
"Your profession shouldn’t define you as a person, and I realise that cricket is just a sport and that Essex is just one cog in the wheel of county cricket, but I’m not ashamed to say that for 19 summers Essex has been my purpose and focus.
"We have all had varying degrees of satisfaction and peaks and troughs in form but I always had the drive of giving my all for Essex.
"Coming from Cape Town to be given a chance to pursue my dream seems a million moons ago.
"We’ve shared some remarkable times but for me, the biggest achievement has been making a home away from home.
"I have a collection of memories from Chelmsford to keep me happy long into retirement."
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