Jonathan Trott farewell Warwickshire Kent County Championship 2018
Never a trotter, our Jonathan: The Bears will miss him © Getty Images

Warwickshire gave Jonathan Trott a fitting farewell at Edgbaston, in their last match of County Championship 2018. Kent, 38 for 1 overnight, crashed to 179 after lunch, losing by an innings and 34 runs. Zak Crawley battled hard for his 75 (Kent were 133 for 6 when he was trapped leg-before by Ryan Sidebottom), but Kent caved in after that against Olly Stone, Keith Barker, and Chris Wright.

The match was of little significance per se. Both Warwickshire and Kent (tied on 219 before the match) had already earned promotions to Division One. Warwickshire topped the table with 242 points while Kent got 221.

Trott himself contributed only eight in his solitary innings. Ian Bell, threatening to return to the England side, fell for 18. But none of that mattered after Will Rhodes (110) and Dominic Sibley (119) added 176 for the opening wicket — nine more than the Kent’s first-innings score.

“I’ve no second thoughts,” said Trott, according to ESPNCricinfo. “Making the decision to retire gave me a new lease of life and helped me get through the season. It encouraged me to enjoy the season for what it is and not fight or wrestle with cricket as I have down in the past. I just went out and let it happen. I’ve been looking forward to this day. It’s the right time for me and, more importantly, it’s the right time for the club.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky. Warwickshire have given me so much. Not just a job, but a home. I’ve lived out my dream by playing for them and owe them a huge amount. I’m standing here now, having just helped the boys win promotion and having been congratulated by one of my heroes, Allan Donald, on my career. That’s really special for me. It’s feels like a fantastic way to go out.”

A teary-eyed Jeetan Patel, now captain of Warwickshire, hailed Trott: “He’s a hell of a man. We’re losing a good player. We’re losing a good man.”

Brief scores:

Kent 167 (Matt Henry 32*; Keith Barker 3 for 31, Chris Wright 3 for 29, Olly Stone 3 for 36) and 179 (Zak Crawley 75; Olly Stone 3 for 35) lost to Warwickshire 380 (Will Rhodes 110, Dominic Sibley 119; Harry Podmore 3 for 67, Joe Denly 3 for 48) by an innings and 34 runs.