PAUL Stirling has played his last white ball game for Middlesex and now it is up to the county if he is to get a farewell game in the county championship at Lord’s this week.

Stirling was forced to make a decision between playing for Ireland next year or continuing his county career at Lord’s and on his 29th birthday last Tuesday he chose international cricket, citing the upcoming T20 World Cup qualifiers and chance the play in another global tournament, the finals in Australia next year.

The Newtownabbey man had hoped to play in the T20 Blast finals day on Saturday week but Middlesex were knocked out by Nottinghamshire last Thursday and his county have only three championship matches remaining, against Durham, starting on Tuesday, away to Lancashire next week – when Stirling will be playing for Ireland – and at home to Derbyshire the following week.