Doolan announces retirement

Wellington Blaze and former WHITE FERNS allrounder Lucy Doolan has announced her retirement from cricket, bringing to an end a career spanning over 14 years.

A strong opening batter and a handy off-spinner, Doolan debuted for Wellington straight out of Hutt Valley High School in 2004 at the age of 18.

She went on to make 160 appearances for Wellington scoring 3709 runs and taking 179 wickets winning three T20 titles with the Blaze, including the inaugural women’s Burger King Super Smash in January.

“The body doesn’t quite bounce back like it used to! And I think the plan was always to come back and play a couple more years after a few years off and then call it a day,” she said.

“I’m leaving the girls in a pretty good place going forward, there’s so much young, exciting talent coming through our team, so happy days!”

Doolan made her debut for the WHITE FERNS in 2008 in an ODI against England and went on to appear 73 times, playing 40 ODI’s and 33 T20 matches, racking up 868 runs and 60 wickets.

She appeared at five World Cups for the WHITE FERNS including the 2008/09 and 2012/13 one-day World Cups, as well as the 2009, 2010 and 2012/13 T20 World Cups.

She also enjoyed stints playing cricket overseas with South Australia, as well as Essex and Nottinghamshire in England.

A mainstay in the Wellington team since her debut, Doolan praised the support in place for women’s cricket in the Wellington association.

“The support that I’ve had from Cricket Wellington as part of the Blaze is amazing, they’ve probably spearheaded the support throughout the country in terms of backing women’s cricket and I’ve seen that right from when I started playing cricket for Wellington as an 18-year-old.”

Wellington Blaze captain Liz Perry praised Doolan’s unassuming and relaxed approach to cricket.

“Lucy doesn’t play the game for recognition or praise, she plays it because she’s with her mates and genuinely enjoys the game,” she said.

“She’s a classical player – one for the ages. She controls the game with bat and ball and she times the ball better than anyone and her quality off-spin always cause trouble for batters.

“Lucy’s always passionate about helping the next generation and she always makes players feel welcome. That has now transpired into her love of coaching and I don’t think we have seen the last of her yet.”