Final farewell to loyal Vodafone

HE ECB chairman Giles Clarke paid tribute to Vodafone during the fourth Test against South Africa at The Wanderers, the final match of their 12-year sponsorship of the England team.

The partnership began with England’s tour of West Indies in 1998 and encompassed a period of significant achievement, including two Ashes triumphs in 2005 and 2009 and Test series wins abroad in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies.

Clarke, hosting a thank-you dinner attended by representatives of Vodafone in Johannesburg, said: “We are extremely grateful to Vodafone for their unstinting support. The partnership has been one of the longest enjoyed by any team sport in the UK and it has brought enormous benefits to the wider game throughout England and Wales.”

It was a pity Vodafone could not bow out on a winning note.

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