Sussex seamer Lewis Hatchett forced to retire through injury

Shoreham-born Hatchett overcame an extremely rare physical impairment, Poland Syndrome, to play for his home county but has failed to recover from an injury sustained earlier this season.

After making his first-class debut in 2010, Hatchett took 72 wickets at an average of 35 in 27 four-day matches.

He said: "Following medical advice, my long-term health is most important to me and I have to listen to my body.

"To have to end my career in this way has been devastating, but to play six years at my home county has been a dream come true.

"I will forever be proud that I managed to realise my dream of playing for Sussex and considering the journey I have had, fills me with further pride.

"I've met some incredible people throughout my career, especially at Sussex CCC. I've made friends for life through this sport and it was a huge honour to wear the Martlets on my chest every time I played. I wish the team all the success in the future and will watch fondly."

  Lewis Hatchett has hung up his boots due to injury
Lewis Hatchett has hung up his boots due to injury