JON AYLING RETIRES FROM HAMPSHIRE

Jon Ayling is about to end 25 years with Hampshire, first as a player from 1987 to 1993 and then a coach in various roles

Jon Ayling is to leave his role as Hampshire bowling and assistant coach after 25 years with the club, initially as a player.

The 44-year-old, a one-county all-rounder who represented Hampshire from 1987 to 1993 before retiring due to a knee injury, will become the cricket professional at Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire from April

Ayling played 60 first-class and 94 List A games, taking a combined total of 227 wickets and scoring 6,745 runs across six professional seasons.

He was a member of three trophy-winning sides, lifting the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1987 and 1992 plus the 1991 NatWest Trophy.

Ayling, who joined Hampshire’s coaching staff on his retirement, said: “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to represent the club as a player and, recently, as a coach and have enjoyed every moment of my association.

“I had always intended at some stage to make the transition to working as cricket professional at the right school as it would suit my family’s needs. The post at Dauntsey’s is a very exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to starting full-time at the school in April.

“Hampshire Cricket will always play a significant part in my life. I hope to continue my association with the club in the future, possibly with some coaching during the school holidays, and definitely as a supporter of a wonderful club.”

Hampshire first XI coach Giles White said: “I would like to thank Jon for all of his hard work over the last few years and wish him and the family well when they embark on life with Dauntsey’s School in April.

“We will be sad to see him leave as he has become a highly popular and valued member of the club and we hope that, in some way, he will continue to be involved with the club’s future.”

Given Ayling’s departure, Tony Middleton will move from his role as academy director to work with the full squad. Bobby Parks will take over as academy director and former community coach with Hampshire Cricket Board Charlie Freeston will take on the role of academy coach.

Hampshire will advertise for Ayling’s replacement in due course.

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