Former Kiwi batsman Marshall to leave Gloucestershire

By AFP, London

Former New Zealand international batsman Hamish Marshall is to end his 11 year spell at English country side Gloucestershire, he said on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old -- who appeared for the Black Caps in 13 Tests, 66 One Day Internationals and three Twenty20s -- is Gloucestershire's highest scorer in Twenty20s having accrued 2,537 runs.
Marshall -- who along with brother James became the second set of twins to play Test cricket together following the legendary Australian pair Steve and Mark Waugh -- also played a pivotal role in Gloucestershire winning the One-Day Cup trophy last year.
"I have so many amazing memories from my time here but the highlight has to be winning the One-Day Cup at Lord's last year -- that is something that will stay with me forever," said Marshall.
Gloucestershire paid a handsome tribute to Marshall, who hopes to carry on playing cricket back in New Zealand once the county season winds up later this year. "Hamish is a model professional and has been a wonderful role model and ambassador for the club," said chief executive Will Brown.
Marshall's international career -- he had a top score of 160 in Test cricket against Sri Lanka and an ODI career best of 101 against Pakistan -- with New Zealand came to an end once he acquired an Irish passport in 2008, which made him a home-qualified player for Gloucestershire.