Surrey seamer David Balcombe has retired from first-class cricket with immediate effect.
Balcombe came through the Surrey academy but joined Hampshire in 2005 and spent nearly 10 years with the county before returning to the Kia Oval last summer.
But he was unable to break into the first team as Surrey secured a return to Division One of the County Championship and has made the decision to quit to take on a new career opportunity.
The 31-year-old retires after playing in 67 first-class matches – he took 196 wickets, with a career-best 8-71 against Gloucestershire in 2012.
“To play professional cricket was a dream come true and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute,” Balcombe said.
“I have made lifelong friends, experienced some wonderful career moments and it provided me with 10 seasons of immense enjoyment.
“I am very grateful to Surrey for all their support this year and for their help and understanding in my decision to retire.”