Ryan Stevenson & Brad Taylor Announce Retirement From Professional Cricket

The Hampshire duo have announced their retirement from professional cricket following the culmination of the 2021 season

Hampshire Cricket’s Brad Taylor and Ryan Stevenson have announced their retirement from professional cricket following the end of the 2021 season.

All-rounder Taylor represented Hampshire’s youth squads as a youngster and first hit the headlines in 2013 at the age of 16 when he became the youngest player in 135 years to appear for the Club.

Taylor picked up a wicket with his third ball of the game against Lancashire on debut, breaking a 146-year-old record as the youngest player to take a wicket for Hampshire.

The Winchester born off-spinner was awarded with a contract at Hampshire in 2015 and captained the England U19s on their winter tour to Sri Lanka in the same year.

Taylor made his biggest impact in Hampshire’s List A side with 18 appearances, picking up 15 wickets and averaging 35 with the bat. In total he made 32 appearances for the Club.

Hampshire fans will have fond memories of Brad bursting onto the scene at the age of just 16.

He has always been a very popular member of the squad and it’s been a pleasure seeing him develop as a cricketer.

Brad has always been a team player throughout his time here and will always be welcome back at The Ageas Bowl.

Giles White, Director of Cricket

After catching the eye at a minor counties match for Devon, Stevenson was offered a trial mid-way through the 2015 season. The right-armer immediately impressed the coaching staff in Hampshire’s Second XI and earned a full contract.

Stevenson featured in three key LV= County Championship games at the end of 2015 as Hampshire fought successfully to avoid relegation from Division One.

Injuries impacted Stevenson’s progress but he enjoyed a 2019 campaign as part of the Second XI where he led the bowling attack in all formats and made vital contributions to the side's Second XI Championship title, including a five-wicket haul in the competition final.

That year he also made appearances in the Vitality Blast and County Championship, recording a four-wicket haul and maiden First-Class fifty against Surrey.

Ryan has been the ultimate team man and an extremely popular member of the squad.

Everyone at the Club has thoroughly enjoyed having Ryan around and we hope to see plenty of him and his family at The Ageas Bowl in the future.

Giles White, Director of Cricket

Hampshire Cricket would like to take this opportunity to thank Brad & Ryan for their efforts and wish them well for the future.

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