Geraint Jones played a crucial role in helping © Getty Images
Geraint Jones played a crucial role in helping Gloucestershire to a win in the Royal One-Day Cup final © Getty Images

Geraint Jones signed off from competitive cricket with a silverware to his name having helped Gloucestershire to a win in the Royal London One-Day Cup final. Jones scored a half-century and he believes that he is lucky to finish his career in this fashion . “It was something that I was telling myself since we got to the knockout stages; just dare to dream and who knows,” the elated 39-year-old said. “Very few people get to walk-off and lift a trophy and look back on such a great day. It was a bit different to 2005 as I was down on the boundary watching it from afar, having spent my whole career in the thick of it in the middle,” he added. READ: Geraint Jones basks in Papua New Guinea’s new found success

“The tension was similar but when we got Sam Curran out early in the final over, I actually felt very relaxed. I just thought this could be destiny. I feel very lucky to finish this way,” according to Jones has represented England in 34 Tests and 51 One-Day Internationals (ODI) for England between 2004 and 2006. This will bring curtains to his 15-year career, during which he was also awarded MBE for being part of the squad that won the Ashes in 2005. READ: Geraint Jones and other cricketers who appeared in a country’s maiden ODI after representing another country

After leading his side to a win skipper Michael Klinger said, “This team has the makings of something special. Winning a trophy has come a bit quicker than expected but I said to the boys before the quarter-final that sometimes you win before you are ready and it’s just your time. We showed in this competition that we can perform well under pressure and there is certainly a big future for us. Now we have a great opportunity for us to keep building on the win for the next couple of years,” he added.