General News | 22nd September 2005

Bicknell puts retirement on hold



The 38-year-old had claimed at the start of the year that this summer might well be his last in the professional game but after helping Notts lift the Championship trophy for the first time since 1987, he?s hungry for more success.

Said Bicknell: ?I don?t feel ready to pack up just yet. I think I?ve got more to achieve in the game and the desire to perform is still there.

?The key for me is that I?ve shown this season I still have the quality to score runs in Division One. You?re a long time retired and it would be a real shame not to be involved in a winning side as we try and retain the title.?

At the start of the final game against Hampshire, Bicknell has hit 1114 first-class runs this season at an average of 50.63, with two hundreds and nine half-centuries.

He also won the Championship with Surrey in 1999 before moving to Trent Bridge and Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: ?Darren has been a fantastic player throughout his time in county cricket and remains a quality batsman.

?He?s had a great year for us and consistently provided a platform to build on at the top of the order in partnership with Jason Gallian.

?I didn?t have any hesitation in offering him another year and I?m sure he will have a big role to play in the team in 2006.?

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