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Worcestershire seamer Lucas retires

Worcestershire have agreed to curtail David Lucas’ contract in order for the left-arm seamer to retire from professional cricket.

Lucas had been told first-team opportunities would be minimal, with both parties subsequently agreeing a split that ends a career spanning 14 years.

He finishes with 264 first-class wickets in 95 appearances and 96 in 85 List A matches.

Lucas said: “I'd like to thank everybody at Worcestershire for the last few years and their understanding in reaching this decision and I would like to wish them well for the future.

“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 added: “Everybody at the club would like to wish Dave and his family all the best in his life outside of cricket.

“He will always be welcome at New Road anytime in the future.”

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