Great British Spin Off’s Blofeld announces retirement

Henry Blofeld retires from cricket commentary after almost 50 years.

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With Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off set to bowl over audiences from late September 2017, his on-stage partner in crime Henry Blofeld has announced his retirement from cricket commentating after almost 50 years.

Blofeld, affectionally known as Blowers, recently revealed his plans to step down from the BBC’s Test Match Special.

Speaking of his retirement, Blofeld said in an often humorous personal statement: “Listeners will now be relieved to know that their chances of being told the right name of the fielders at third man and fine leg have greatly increased.”

He will take to the commentary desk for the final time when England host West Indies on 7 September.

Watch Blofeld announce his retirement below:



The 7 September will not be the final time to catch Henry Blofeld’s iconic take on cricket though. He’ll be joining England’s greatest ever spin bowler Greame Swann for a return of The Great British Spin Off, touring across the UK later this year.

Here are those dates:

26 September – Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
28 September – Theatre Royal, Lincoln
29 September – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
2 October – Gala Theatre, Durham
4 October – The Regent Centre, Christchurch
5 October – Apex, Bury St Edmunds
10 October – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
13 October – Melton Theatre, Leicestershire
14 October – Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare
25 October – Burnley Mechanics, Burnley
26 October – Playhouse, Nottingham
27 October – Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
28 October – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
30 October – Corn Exchange, Exeter
2 November – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

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