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Moore announces retirement

Derbyshire batsman Stephen Moore has announced he is retiring from the game with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old, who only joined Derbyshire in the winter and is the county's top first-class run-scorer this season with 547, says he looking to pursue opportunities outside cricket.

"I can't speak highly enough of Derbyshire for the way they have handled my decision to retire, and for the warmth of my welcome and subsequent support for my family and I during my short stay at the club.

"The time is right for me to step down, focus on my career away from the game, and spend more time with my family.\"

Moore leaves the game with 9,390 first-class runs at 36.25 and 6,241 limited-overs runs.

The Johannesburg-born player was briefly touted as a Test prospect but the nearest he got was representing the England Lions.

He began his county career at Worcestershire and moved to Lancashire, where he won the County Championship in 2011, before being released and then joining Derbyshire.

Moore's exit was one of three announced on a busy day at the County Ground.

Richard Johnson, the former Warwickshire wicketkeeper signed at the start of last season, has been released by request having decided to pursue enter full-time education.

Academy graduate Peter Burgoyne, meanwhile, had his contract cancelled by mutual consent after deciding to take time away from the professional game to deal with stress-related issues.

"It's been a tough few months and a tough decision but I am really looking forward to playing club cricket again for a few months before making a decision about my future," said Burgoyne.