Ashwell Prince who has played for the Chevrolet Warriors since 2008 has announced his retirement from cricket. He will play his last match for the Chevrolet Warriors starting tomorrow when they play their 2nd last Sunfoil Series match against the Cobras in Cape Town.
Making his Test debut in 2002 Ashwell went on to play 66 Test matches and 52 ODI’s for the Proteas. He made his First Class debut in 1995 and has played 255 matches scoring 15 801 runs at an average of 43.29. His 5911 runs in 250 List A matches included 3 centuries and 31 fifties. A profilic fielder his stats record 348 catches in domestic cricket. The left handed batsman has played 79 T20 matches scoring 1640 runs.
He will spend the winter months with his county Lancashire before returning to South Africa with a new focus – football. Ashwell has always had a passion for soccer and is hoping to establish an academy in Port Elizabeth.
At a dinner in Port Elizabeth last night, Coach Piet Botha referred to Ashwell as the “Ultimate Warrior” and said that his passion both on and off the field always had a positive effect on the team and that he had played a vital role in the success of the franchise over the past six years.
“I am looking forward to a new phase in my life and am very grateful for the opportunities that cricket has afforded me. I am thankful that I have had a wonderful career from a sport that I love and thank everyone that has been involved in any way over the past 19 years of my career” said Prince.
Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd and the Chevrolet Warriors wish Ashwell and his family all the best for the future.