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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 September, 2004, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
Hollioake calls it a day
By Anna Thompson

Adam Hollioake with the National League and Twenty20 trophies
Surrey won a lot of silverware under Hollioake
Adam Hollioake is looking forward to a break from cricket after ending his 15-year professional career.

The ex-Surrey captain played his last game for the Lions against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Hollioake told BBC Sport: "It feels good to be sitting with my feet up and not worrying about too much. A weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

"I wouldn't mind some time away from cricket but I may think about returning in some capacity in a few years' time."

Hollioake turned professional in 1989 and has only ever played for Surrey - and England.

Any cricketer will tell you that you play the game for the few highs that you achieve in your career
Adam Hollioake
He was a very successful Surrey captain, leading them to three County Championship crowns in five years, as well as the National League title in 2003 and the inaugural Twenty20 Cup.

The 32-year-old lists winning the County Championship in 1999, the club's first for 28 years, as a career high.

He said: "Winning the Championship in 1999 was a highlight as was captaining England to glory in the Sharjah Cup.

"And being Man of the Series against Australia was also pretty special. They will always stick in my mind.

Adam Hollioake
Holliokake bows out after a 15-year career
"I've had hundreds of career lows as well but any cricketer will tell you that you play the game for the few highs that you achieve in your career. I'm very happy with it overall."

All-rounder Hollioake played in 173 first class matches, averaging 38.74 with the bat and 41.05 with the ball.

He made 18 first-class centuries and 55 fifties and took 120 wickets.

But it was in limited overs cricket Hollioake excelled and he was handed the England one-day captaincy in 1997, winning the Akai Singer Champions Trophy in Sharjah.

I don't have any regrets about retiring. Obviously there are things I'm going to miss but I'm absolutely 100% sure I've made the correct decision
Adam Hollioake
Hollioake announced at the end of last season that this would be his last and he admitted it had been a struggle sometimes this year.

"Just because it was my last year did not mean I was going to be exempt from injury and I've been hampered by an ankle problem," he said.

"It's been a bit frustrating but it's one of those things which go with the territory.

"As the season has gone on I've been finding it a bit harder to concentrate knowing I was coming to the end of my career. I've had that end-of-term feeling for a while.

"I don't have any regrets about retiring. Obviously there are things I'm going to miss but I'm absolutely 100% sure I've made the correct decision."

Hollioake will be settling in Perth in Australia and concentrating on his property development business as well as continuing to raise money for the Ben Hollioake Fund, in memory of his cricketer brother who was killed in a car crash in 2002.

The latest fundraising venture is a world record continuous relay attempt at Crystal Palace on 16 October.

Hollioake added: "I'll be participating as even my dodgy old body will be able to run 100m."




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