Veteran of six seasons at Surrey Stewart Walters has departed the club by mutual consent. He has one year remaining on his deal but he won't see that out, choosing instead to go into cricket clothing retail.
I am always reluctant to be too critical of a player who is released, it must be tough for the player to give up like that. Having said that I was never really convinced that Walters was ever going to be a regular contributor at the level we needed him to be. He was always lively in the field and despite dropping a couple of horror catches when I saw him this season he was reliable in the field.
Walters always scored heavily in the Second XI but the step up to first class cricket was maybe a bridge too far. His average of 25 after 34 matches with only 2 hundreds, was nowhere near good enough and I'm sure he'll be disappointed with that return as well. His uber-purple patch of June 2009 where he scored those two hundreds was never repeated.
It does however leave us another batsman short and with Michael Brown sounding not all that confident about making the new season in his injury diary, unless Chris Adams has another signing up his sleeve (Tom Maynard?) we are going to be really susceptible to an injury or two - not a great position to be in. The next few weeks are going to be very interesting.