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Watts retires after more than 200 appearances

SCOTLAND’s record cap-holder Fraser Watts last night announced his retirement from international cricket.

The Carlton batsman is the only man to have represented the Saltires on more than 200 occasions.

Watts, who is bowing out with 203 caps and 4,474 runs to his name, said: “I have been involved in the Scottish cricket set-up for over 15 years now and have been lucky to have been part of some very successful sides during my time.

“I am very proud to have been a part of Scotland’s 2004-2005 team that won the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC Trophy for the first time.

“I am also immensely proud to have represented Scotland on the world stage during the three World Cups in which I took part.”

Watts scored four centuries and 23 half-centuries during an illustrious career which featured a highest score of 171no against Denmark.

The 33-year-old was one of Scotland’s few remaining players to earn a living outwith the sport and has found it increasingly difficult to commit to the demands made on the modern-day cricketer.

He is quitting to pursue an accountancy qualification and a new job.

Watts added: “There are, of course, things that I might have done differently during my career but, on the whole, I look back with satisfaction and in the knowledge that I gave my all every time I represented my country.”

 

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