Australian cricket opener Matthew Hayden paid tribute to Bolton League club Greenmount in his retirement speech.

The imposing left-hander this week brought to a close a glittering 103-Test career in which he scored 8,625 runs at an average of 50.73.

The 37-year-old, who spent a season at Greenmount in 1992, mentioned the Bury outfit saying that the way all the grassroots clubs had nurtured his progress was truly humbling.

Hayden underlined his ability in his season at Greenmount when he topped the batting charts by nearly 20 runs per knock as he averaged 75.86 per innings and scored 1,483 runs in 26 innings, breaking fellow Aussie Mark Taylor’s record.