Chris Jones: Somerset batsman decides to retire from cricket

Somerset batsman Chris Jones has decided to quit professional cricket at the end of the season to pursue a career away from the game.

The 23-year-old academy graduate was awarded his first contract in 2009.

Jones' most memorable moment came in 2011 when he hit his maiden first-class century against Australia, days after collecting his first-class honours degree from Durham University.

He has played eight Championship matches this season, scoring 339 runs.

Dorset-born Jones said: "While it has been a relatively short career, I feel very privileged to take so many memories and friends with me.

"Somerset has been a massive part of my life for the past 10 years and so it's inevitably very sad to be leaving at the end of the year. However, I feel now is the right time to leave to pursue other avenues of interest in my life."