Reeve considers an end to county career

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 October, 1995, 12:00am

DERMOT Reeve may end his competitive career next year in the place where it all started for him - Hong Kong. The 32-year-old Reeve said after England's final defeat to South Africa that he is considering retiring from cricket after next year's Hong Kong Sixes.

Reeve, who has captained Warwickshire to six trophies in three years, has been offered a two-year contract by the championship-winning county. But Reeve said: 'I've asked them if I can put a clause into the contract which says that if I want to retire after the 1996 season, I can. 'Next year's Hong Kong Sixes, if I'm invited, could be my last competition before I retire. And it would be a fitting place to end my career.

'I'm 32 now and feeling it a bit. It's hard work to keep the body in shape and I think I might like to try something else, probably in the media or entertainment.' Any doubts Reeve had about whether he would return to next year's competition was quickly dispelled by Brian Catton, director of organisers Cricket World International. 'The Invitation has already been extended,' said Catton.

Reeve, who was in the English team who reached the last World Cup final, is heavily in demand in England for his after-dinner speaking, from which he earns a healthy living. He has made a name for himself as a sharp-witted speaker who can perform brilliant imitations of top cricket personalities, including Geoff Boycott, Ian Botham, Tony Greig and Imran Khan. Next season will also be his benefit year with Warwickshire.

'It will be a busy year for me. Country cricketers don't make a lot of money and what they do is give you a benefit,' he said. 'So I have to spend the next year organising dinners and functions.' Reeve started his cricket career with King George V School in Kowloon before moving on to play with the MCC young professionals. He then spent a few seasons with English county side Sussex before joining Warwickshire.

He has proved himself as a top one-day player, winning Man-of-the-Match awards in the Nat-West final on three occasions. This season, he led Warwickshire to two titles - the County Championship and the Nat-West Trophy. They were also runners-up in the Sunday League.

Last season, Warwickshire won the County Championship, Benson and Hedges Cup and Sunday League and were runners-up in the Nat-West.