Thanks for the Memories Neil Carter
Warwickshire recently bid a fond farewell to Neil Carter, who has retired from County Cricket following a 12-year stint with the Club where he made 102 First Class, 147 List A and 91 T20 appearances for the Bears.
Carts’ recent Christmas Ball at Edgbaston was the last event of his 2012 Benefit Year before returning to South Africa for his wedding to fiancée Megan this coming Saturday.
“I’ve had a great career with Warwickshire,” said Carts. “Winning four trophies (LV County Championships in 2004 & 2012, CB40 in 2010 and B&H Cup in 2002) and playing with some fantastic cricketers; Kumar Sangakkara particularly stands out as one of the best after scoring just under 800 in just a third of the 2007 season.
“Winning the County Championship on two occasions has been pretty special. In 2004 we had a phenomenal batting unit, with including four batsmen scoring more than 1,000 First Class Runs and six averaging more than 50.
“This season’s team has three bowlers who took more than 50 First Class wickets, whilst both Woakesy and Clarkey took 27 and 26 wickets respectively despite only bowling for about half of the season, and Boyd also spending a good part of the year injured.
“It would certainly be an interesting match between the two teams.
“However, winning my first trophy (the Benson & Hedges Cup) at Lords was an incredible experience and perhaps stands out as the most satisfying win of my career.”
One season that Carts has particularly fond memories of is 2010, where he won the Professional Cricketers Association’s Most Valuable Player award after scoring more than 1,200 runs and taking 79 wickets across all three formats of the game.
“The MVP award is certainly my proudest moment as a professional cricketer. We also beat Somerset in the last over of the CB40 Final at Lords, so it was a great year all round.”
With Carts now retired from County Cricket, he’s got plans to represent Scotland – the country of his mother’s birth – in the ICC World t20 and World Cup qualifying campaigns.
“Playing for Scotland is something that I’m really looking forward to and it’s just a case of waiting for official clearance before hopefully starting in the New Year. I’m also hoping to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League.
“I’ve had 12 great years at Edgbaston and I’ll really miss everyone within the squad and the English cricket season in general.
“Warwickshire Members have also been great to me and I thank them for all of their support. Let’s hope that they have much more to celebrate in the future.”