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A retirement message from David Dove
Frday 23rd September 2011

In 1993 I wandered in to Leigh CC and Leigh CC wandered in to my life. It was to be a lasting relationship.

In 1993 some of the current first team weren't even born! Apart from a three year break in 2005 to play for Slaithwaite back in Yorkshire, I have been at Leigh, and I am proud to have captained the side for 13 of those seasons.

But all good things must come to an end and the time is right for me, at the age of 46, to announce my retirement from cricket. It's never an easy decision, but anyone who has been there knows when the time is right to move aside and hand things over to the next generation.

I also feel right that I can commit more of my time in other areas particularly Lewis, my son, as his cricket career begins to grow.

I would like to thank the Committee for its continuing support over the years and all the players I have played alongside. I have had some fantastic times and the memories I have will always be with me. I will continue to be part of the Club in the future.

Now, however, is not the time to look back. We must look forward with hope and expectation that the club that has been built by the Committee is good enough to last the test of time in the highest standard of club cricket that the UK can offer.

That is something I will always be very proud of and something that we can be excited about as the club moves into the future, better and stronger than before.

Thank you everyone and may I wish you all the very best for the future.

Dave Dove