Wellington record-setter Luke Woodcock bows out after 17 seasons
Luke Woodcock has played 384 games for Wellington across all formats. © Getty

The allrounder Luke Woodcock, who played seven limited-overs matches for New Zealand, has decided to retire from cricket.

The 36-year-old will call time on his career after 17 seasons for Wellington after the team plays Canterbury at home on Sunday.

Woodcock played four ODIs and three T20Is for New Zealand and was part of the 2011 World Cup team.

In all, he has played 384 games for Wellington across formats since he made his debut for them at the age of 19 in 2001. In 2017, Woodcock set the record for most first-class appearances by a New Zealand cricketer when he played his 128th game for Wellington.

His left-arm spin fetched him 140 first-class wickets for  Wellington, 102 in List A and 92 in T20s. In handy middle-order left-hand batsman, Woodcock has scored 10,448 runs for Wellington across formats: 7719 at 35.73 in first-class cricket, 1994 at 24.61 in List A and 775 at 19.87 in T2os.

“It just feels right at this stage to move on,” he said. “You always get told that you’ll know when things are coming to an end and in all honesty, I never really believed that. But over the last six to nine months things have started to kick in around that final stage of my career and the decision not to play in the Ford Trophy this year was probably a sign it was time to call it a day.”

“To reach 100 games in all three formats is pretty special and won’t probably sink in until the season’s done, but I’m really proud of being able to do that for Wellington.”

As a domestic player, Woodcock won four domestic titles: the four-day State Championship (2004), the Ford Trophy (2014) and the T20 championships (2015, 2017).