Steve Kirby forced to retire
Somerset fast bowler Steve Kirby has been forced to retire from professional cricket due to an ongoing shoulder injury.
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The 36-year-old underwent surgery on his right shoulder over the winter but, after showing a slight improvement, suffered a setback during a second XI game a few weeks ago which has left him with no option but to hang up his spikes with immediate effect.
Kirby, who has taken 572 wickets in a first-class career spanning 20 years and helped Yorkshire end a 33-year wait to win the County Championship in 2001, said: "It has come as a real blow to me to have to retire from the game that I have been involved with for the past 20 years of my life.
"It's been a difficult winter having gone through two operations. Dealing with setbacks is always part of professional sport but sometimes no matter how hard you try to recover, things are just taken out of your control.
"I may be retiring from first-class cricket but I hope to remain involved with the game at some level in a coaching capacity as I would love to be able to give something back to this wonderful game that has been so good to me over the years," added the Lancastrian, who also played for Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and England Lions during his career.