YORKSHIRE fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom, who enjoyed a short spell with Leek in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League in 2009, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the end of the season.
Sidebottom helped England win the ICC World Twenty the year after gaining match action with Leek as stand-in professional following Achilles surgery.
Leek supporters will recall fondly that Sidebottom took 6-31 and scored 69 runs on his club debut against Leycett.
Sidebottom, 39, who played in 22 Test, 25 one-day and 18 international T20 matches for England, plans to focus on his cricket academies in York and Leeds. He will also continue helping under-privileged children play the game through his foundation.