Signed in 2004 after 15 years with Kent, Ealham showed all his know-how in his debut season to push us to double promotion, with almost 900 runs in the Championship at an average of 48 and some stunning performances in the Totesport League with bat and ball.

He earned instant hero status with Outlaws fans after a spectacular display of hitting in the Twenty20 Cup against Yorkshire, smashing 91 from just 35 balls on his way to collecting the inaugural Sky Sports Sixes trophy.

In 2005 his bowling took centre stage, as he collected 50 first-class wickets in a season for the first time in his career with his probing medium pace, before sealing the Championship title with the match-winning catch against his home county of Kent at Canterbury.

He scored 3,209 first-class runs at an average of 32.74 and took 218 first-class wickets at an average of 26.73.