Cricket Leinster has paid tribute to John Anderson who has announced his retirement from all representative cricket.
Cricket Leinster's statement reads:
As John Anderson announces his retirement from representative cricket everyone at Leinster Lightning and Cricket Leinster would like to pay tribute to his achievements, mark his contribution to cricket and to wish him well for the future.
John has been an outstanding player for Leinster Lightning since 2013, including two seasons as captain of the team. He led the team to incredible success in all competitions with a combination of the highest level of personal performance and solid leadership.
His Leinster Lightning performances speak for themselves:
• 1314 Championship runs at an average of over 50, including two hundreds and nine fifties
• 668 One Day Match runs at an average of over 33, with five fifties plus 10 wickets at 15.50
• Nearly 300 T20 runs at a strike rate over 130
Albert van der Merwe congratulated John on his representative career, stating “John was a huge part of building the success of Leinster Lightning, setting high standards of performance and leadership both on and off the field. His contribution to the establishment of the team is immeasurable.”
Current Leinster Lightning captain George Dockrell also paid tribute to his predecessor,
“John was always there ready to offer his huge experience if needed. He’s a highly accomplished player and his solidity in the batting order will be sorely missed in the future’.
Philip Smith, Cricket Leinster General Manager, congratulated John for his career saying
“John has been an inspiration to cricketers in Leinster, he will be missed on the field and beyond.”
Mark Jones, Manager of the Leinster Lightning team commented “Ando has been a huge part of Leinster Lightning since the very beginning and we wish him well for his retirement. The dressing room will not be the same without him.”
On behalf of all of Cricket Leinster Derek Dockrell, President, said “It is always sad to see a cricketer hang up his boots and all the more so as John has been so central to the development of Leinster Lighting into the team it is now. We all wish him well for the future.”