Yorkshire’s Sayers retires

Joe Sayers
Joe Sayers

Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers today announced his retirement from first class cricket.

Sayers has played his entire county career at Yorkshire, spanning nine years.

He notched up 97 first-class matches for Yorkshire, scoring 4,855 runs at an average of 32.58. He amassed nine centuries with a top score of 187 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.

Sayers, 30, who graduated from Oxford University with a degree in physics, gave up a promising junior career as a goalkeeper at Bradford City to pursue a life as a professional cricketer.

He has also played 31 List A matches, making his limited overs debut in September 2003 against Gloucestershire at Headingley.

Sayers said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a professional cricketer with Yorkshire.

“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 Yorkshire CCC, 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.”