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Retirement beckons for Harris

South Africa spinner Paul Harris has announced he will retire at the end of his 14th season in the first-class game.

Harris played 37 Tests for his country before being omitted in favour of Imran Tahir, but he was still hoping to continue his international career as recently as the start of this season.

But he now heads into his final few games with the Nashua Tigers with the aim of securing the six wickets he needs to pass 400 in first-class cricket.

"I would like to thank all the people who have helped me over my career," Harris said.

"A special mention must go to Richard Pybus, who had the biggest coaching influence on my career. I am sure that I would not have played for South Africa if it had not been for him.

"I would also like to thank Ian Repton, the Nashua Titans physiotherapist; he really has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me stay on the park over the last 10 years. A big thank you also goes to my agent and friend, Barney Girnun; he has been there from the start and has always supported me through thick and thin."

Titans coach Matthew Maynard said: "Paul has been a great ambassador of the game and given tremendous service to the Nashua Titans for over ten years. He is respected by his peers and will be missed in the change room. We look forward to playing with him till the end of the season."