Former Cumberland cricketer David 'Bumble' Lloyd has announced the end of his iconic spell as a Sky Sports commentator.

The 74-year-old is stepping down after 22 years in the role.

Lloyd has long been one of the most popular and distinctive voices in British sports broadcasting.

The ex-England player and coach said it was the right time end end his long run with Sky.

In a statement on Twitter he said: "After 22 wonderful years with Sky Cricket, I've decided the time is now right to pass on the microphone."

Lloyd added: "It's been an immense privilege to try and bring the sport I love into people's homes up and down the country.

"With the passing of Bob Willis and after the decision to move on [from Sky] by my good friends David Gower, Ian Botham and more recently, Michael Holding, the commentary box feels a little emptier. And so I feel it is time for me to do the same and move on to the next chapter.

"I leave the Sky box now in immensely capable hands led by my pals Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Ian Ward and Rob Key.

"To those that follow, cherish the mic. Inform and entertain so the next generation can fall in love with this wonderful game."

Lloyd, having played for Lancashire from 1965-83, then joined Cumberland and played 20 Minor Counties Championship games for the county from 1984-9.

He made 1,089 runs for Cumberland, including one century.