Netherlands’ Wesley Barresi announces retirement from all forms of cricket


He ends his career as the all-time leading scorer for Netherlands in List A cricket

Wesley Barresi, a staple of the Netherlands batting order throughout the 2010s, has retired from all forms of cricket at the age of 36. Barresi was one of the national team’s most unsung heroes for his role in numerous memorable wins over Test nations, and took to social media to formally end his career.

“I’ve been incredibly privileged to not only participate in three cricket world cups, represent a country and achieve some memorable feats but more importantly I’ve had the pleasure of doing this for 18 years!” Barresi posted over Twitter on Monday. “The world of cricket doesn’t quite understand the sacrifice, dedication and self motivation that goes into being an ‘associate cricketer’. I look back at some of those glorious memories and know we did it all on our own.”

Born in Johannesburg, Barresi made four first-class appearances for the Easterns in 2004 and 2005 before making his national team debut for Netherlands against Canada in Rotterdam in July 2009. He wound up making 18 first-class appearances in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for them, scoring 608 runs.

Barresi had a much better output in limited-overs cricket. He ended his career as the all-time leading scorer for Netherlands in List A cricket with 2871 runs in 109 matches with two centuries and 19 half-centuries. He made his ODI debut in July 2010 against Scotland at World Cricket League Division One on home soil.

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