Essex County Cricket Club have retired shirt number 27 in honour of former Club Captain Ryan ten Doeschate.
It was announced in early September that after 19 seasons with the Club, ten Doeschate will retire at the end of 2021.
He made 554 appearances across all formats for the Club, scoring 17,046 runs and taking 348 wickets.
A presentation was made to Ryan during Lunch on Day One of the LV= Insurance County Championship fixture with Northamptonshire at Chelmsford, during which Executive Chairman John Faragher announced that the Club had decided to retire his iconic number.
It’s the first time a shirt number has been retired at Essex and it a fitting tribute to a true Essex legend.
On his retirement, ten Doeschate added: “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. 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.”