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Arul 'devastated' to be retiring from cricket

This is the hardest decision of my life especially having played for Somerset for so long. After consultation with the specialist, I realise I have no choice but to retire.

I have so many happy memories of my time at Somerset and would like to thank everybody from players, staff and members who have supported me during my playing career at the County.

Somerset will always be my County and from the other side of the boundary ropes I shall continue to support the lads in everyway I can.”

– Arul Suppiah, Somerset Cricketer

Somerset's Arul Suppiah to retire from cricket

Arul Suppiah. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Somerset Cricketer Arul Suppiah has retired from the game with immediate effect, Somerset County Cricket announced on Thursday.

The Twenty20 bowling world record holder has been suffering from serious injuries in both knees that have led to a rapid deterioration in their condition in recent months.

The 29 year old Malaysian arrived at Millfield School on a cricket scholarship at the age of 13 and has played for Somerset ever since.

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SPORT: Departing Bristol City players 'wished well'

With Louis [Carey], his experience and know-how is seen as important for what we believe will be a young squad.

With Cole [Skuse], he’s been an exemplary servant for this football club and we fully understand his reasons for moving on at this time in his career.

For Jon [Stead] the lure of playing back up north has been too strong and we wish him luck for whatever his future career holds.”

– Keith Burt, Director of Football, Bristol City Football Club

SPORT: West rugby players off to Argentina

Gloucester and Bath have both had five players named in the England rugby union squad for this summer's tour of Argentina.

Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees lead the Gloucester contingent and are joined by uncapped duo Jonny May and Matt Kvesic, along with number eight Ben Morgan.

New Bath signing Jonathan Joseph is included with rugby league convert Kyle Eastmond and forwards Dave Attwood, Rob Webber and David Wilson.

Dressage gold medallist Dujardin awarded OBE

Gloucestershire's Charlotte Dujardin has been awarded an OBE.

The dressage rider, from Newent, was presented the honour by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace this morning. Dujardin won both an individual and team gold at last summer's Olympics making her just one of four British women to win two golds at the same Games. She said 2012 was a dream come true.

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