Sayers decides to bow out at Yorkshire

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Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers has announced his retirement from First Class cricket.

The left hander has played his entire county career at Yorkshire spanning nine years.

He played 97 first-class matches for Yorkshire scoring 4,855 runs at an average of 32.58. He amassed nine centuries with his top score of 187 coming against Kent at Tunbridge Wells in 2007.

Sayers is one of only seven Yorkshire cricketers to have carried his bat through a completed innings more than once.

The 30-year-old graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Physics, gave up a possible career a goalkeeper at Bradford City to pursue a life as a professional cricketer. He also played 31 List A matches making his limited overs debut in September 2003 against Gloucestershire at Headingley.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a cricketer with Yorkshire,” said Sayers who plays his club cricket for Hoylandswaine in the Huddersfield League and helped them win the Yorkshire Champion of Champions Trophy last summer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody associated with the Club, in particular the supporters, and I wish the lads all the best for the 2014 season.”

Colin Graves, Chairman of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “Joe is a great guy and I would like to thank him for his contribution over the last few years and wish him well in the future wherever that takes him.”