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Kent batsman Michael Powell calls time on cricket career

Michael Powell: Enjoyed bumper season in 2006

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Kent batsman Michael Powell has announced his retirement from cricket.

The 36-year-old, who spent 15 years with Glamorgan before joining Kent ahead of the 2012 season, will return home to Cardiff at the end of the current campaign.

"I have had a wonderful career and I owe a lot to many people within cricket," said Powell, who has scored more than 13,000 first-class runs.

"I enjoyed an extremely rewarding career at Glamorgan and have also relished the opportunity to play for Kent over the last two seasons.

"I would like to thank everyone for their continued support throughout my career, including supporters at both at Glamorgan and Kent."

Powell came closest to international recognition during 2006, when he scored 1,327 runs in a season, but his career was interrupted a year later when he was treated for a blood clot in his shoulder.