WORCESTERSHIRE CCC left-armer Dave Lucas has retired from cricket after being released from the final year of his contract by the county.
The 35-year-old came to the decision after he was told first team opportunities would be minimal in the 2014 campaign.
County officials say Lucas departure was an amicable split and effectively ends the veteran seamer’s 14 year first class career.
The left arm fast-medium bowler started his professional cricketing career with his home county Nottinghamshire in 1999.
Following stints with Yorkshire and Northamptonshire, Lucas joined Worcestershire in 2011.
Lucas falls just five matches short of 100 First Class appearances, taking 264 wickets in 95 games and 127 in 113 One-Day games.
“I’d like to thank everybody at Worcestershire CCC for the last few years and their understanding in reaching this decision and I would like to wish them well for the future,” Lucas said.
“I’m very much looking forward to continuing my business ‘Pristine Clean’ along with progressing my coaching opportunities and spending more time with my wife and family.”
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: “Everybody at the club would like to wish Dave and his family all the best in his life outside of cricket and he will always be welcome at New Road anytime in the future.”