Peter Ingram bids farewell to first-class cricket – Cricket News Update
The former New Zealand batsman, Peter Ingram, who used to play for Central Districts in the domestic circuit, announced his retirement from first class cricket, on Friday.
The 33-year-old middle order batsman sustained an Achilles tendon injury during the final round of New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 tournament, the HRV Cup. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and after much deliberation,
the right-handed top order batsman announced his retirement from first-class cricket, citing family commitments.
The right hander said that his decision to call it a day on his first class career was to make way for the younger players.
"After some weeks of deliberation I have decided that it was better to make the decision now so that the Stags can focus on the remaining rounds of the Plunket Shield knowing for certain who was available," said Ingram while announcing
"The players that have come in have done a great job and it is in the best interests of the team to give them certainty around selection," he added further.
The former Kiwi batsman said that family commitments were also a reason behind his decision, as a busy schedule does not allow him to spend much time with his family.
Ingram had a brief stint with the Black Caps between February 2010 and August 2010, which saw him playing two Tests, averaging 15.25, and eight One Day Internationals, averaging 27.57. He also represented the national side in three
During his brief stint, his only notable performance was a half century. Ingram had an impressive first-class career that began in 2001-02. His first-class career spanned almost a decade, which saw him play 82 four-day matches, compiling
5623 runs at an average of almost 40. In first-class cricket, he notched up 17 centuries and 21 half centuries. He averaged 32.64 in 60 List A matches, which also included three centuries and 10 fifties.
"I would have loved to have played more for New Zealand as well, but it became obvious this year that I was not in the selectors frame,” said Ingram. "I am proud of what I have achieved in the game and certainly don't retire with any
regrets," he concluded.