Mop-up of the day – two very different retirements

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The first is the unflappable maestro, Mahela Jayawardene, who is giving up the five-day game. Fun fact, stats nerds: his first innings hundred in the ongoing Test against South Africa has tipped his average over 50. He’s actually got another series after this one yet though, so don’t get too excited.

At the other end of the spectrum, the angriest county stalwart there’s ever been, Steve Kirby, has called it a jeffing day. We’ve written about him in our latest Shire Horse thing over at All Out Cricket.


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  1. Can you post it here? I cannot read the shire horse thing because your face is on it and it unsettles me. It seems like you’re staring straight into my soul, finding something funny there. You could’ve at least had the decency not to smile.

    1. It’s very disconcerting. I had a mental picture of what our king looked like, and the picture bears little resemblance. It’s especially the presence of an actual head that’s confused me, and the lack of amorphous orange slime.

      To be fair though, we can’t see the whole thing.

  2. That Sussex scorecard, featuring Wright’s century, is a joy to behold. If only Nash hadn’t made it into double figures either, it would be a stats obsessive’s dream.

  3. The cricket world is a calmer yet diminished place without Steve Kirby.

    Who now is up for the County Cricket’s “Maddest As A Bag of Frogs” Award?

  4. dickwella run out by de kock?? who is writing the scripts for these matches, beavis and butthead?!

    1. It’s like “the bowler’s Holding,the batsman’s Willey” all over again.

      Happy days.

    2. well quite… i was very disappointed to discover that that particular piece of commentary probably never happened..? seems very likely that it would have done, knowing johnners’ terminal weakness for schoolboy-style jokes… one can imagine the tms guys taking bets as to who would get the first chance to say it, as soon as holding’s place in the touring squad was confirmed… i choose to believe that it did indeed take place, regardless of any evidence to the contrary

  5. Fantasy transfers: Buttler for Dhoni, Kumar for Broad, Jadeja for Stokes.

    I’ve decided I’m in a mini league within a mini league against Bert’s Indifferents.

    1. Thanks for reminding me to tinker with my team, Sam…

      …as it were.

      I’m in a mini league within a mini league against Laurence Elderbrook’s team – doing rather well though I say so myself.

      In the mini-league as a whole, I am managing to achieve mid table mediocrity with remarkable consistency so far.

    2. Yup, Ishant was one player I tinkered IN to my team, in place of Broad.

      Thanks for nothing, reminding me to tinker, Sam!!

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