Somerset fast bowler Steve Kirby, who has been involved with first class cricket for 20 years, has been forced to retire with immediate effect because of an ongoing shoulder injury.
The 36-year-old started his cricketing career when he left school at the age of 16 initially on a YTS scheme at Leicestershire, where he joined the staff in 1998. He then moved to Yorkshire where he made his debut in 2001, where he played a significant part in winning the County Championship, their first for 33 years.
That winter Steve was selected to be part of the first ever England Academy and further represented England Lions on many more overseas tours.
Steve moved to join Gloucestershire in 2005 where he enjoyed six seasons before signing for Somerset before the 2011 season.
His best season was in 2011 when he took 53 wickets, including his Somerset best of 6 for 115 against Lancashire, the county where he was born.