GLAMORGAN seamer Huw Waters has been forced to retire because of injury.
The 27-year-old from Cwmbran, who learnt his cricket at Usk CC and Monmouth School, has not played since a pre-season game against Cardiff MCCU in April of last year.
Waters, a former England Under-19 international, made his Glamorgan debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2005 and, with his swing and disciplined line, went on to take 110 first class wickets.
In 2012 he took a career-best seven for 53 against Hampshire at the Swalec Stadium and he went on to be named as the county’s Championship player of the year that season and was awarded his cap.
However, he then suffered from exercise-induced dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary contractions and spasms.
“The last 12 to 18 months have been very difficult and we have explored all routes to overcome this and get back playing,” said Waters.
"After various specialists looking at my case, it has been concluded that no treatment would have allowed me to perform at first-class level.
"I am thankful for all the support I have received from everyone at the club. The patience and understanding they have shown is something I am very grateful for.
“I have to thank them for giving me the opportunity to live my dream to play cricket for Glamorgan and I wish the club well for the future.
"I would also like to express my gratitude to all coaches who I have worked with and who have helped me become the player I was.
“I also have to thank all the supporters for sticking through the tough as well as the good times with me. All the players I have played with have made the journey very special.
"I have some great memories to look back on and so many people were a huge part of those memories.
"A special mention has to go to the PCA, especially Ian Thomas, for all their continued support and guidance.
"Finally and most importantly I wish to thank my parents for all of the support and sacrifices they have made for me over the years. Introducing me to this great game and giving me great guidance and proving the opportunities to play cricket.
"I now look forward to the next chapter in my life with great excitement.”
Glamorgan director of cricket and chief executive Hugh Morris paid tribute to the seamer.
"With the ability to swing the ball from a young age, Huw was a regular for the England Under-19 set-up and without injury would have made many more appearances for Glamorgan,” he said.
"He was capable of outstanding spells with the ball and stubborn innings at the tail or as a night-watchman.
“He has been the consummate professional, capable of leading our attack, and his calm demeanour in both pressure and everyday situations means he will be sadly missed by the team and everyone at the club.”