Cricket royalty pulls stumps
THE king of Rockhampton cricket Todd Wells has retired from the game after a career full of achievement.
The Frenchville Cricket Club skipper, who played for the club since the age of seven, announced his retirement at Friday night's celebrations of the seventh consecutive Rockhampton Cricket Premiership.
Wells, 34, said age, time, commitments and injuries had combined to end his career.
"The club has recently been so successful with both A-grade and reserve grade again this year, adding another premiership win to their collections," he said.
"We have some young cricketers, it's now their opportunity to shine, giving them the opportunity to play for the club."
His 15-year premier cricket career was full of highlights but seven top-grade premierships eluded the former Frenchville cricketer.
"It's hard to pick out a specific favourite memory throughout my career, but the first premiership you win, you can never forget," he said.
"I think my memories will be more about the people I have played with and against."
Captaining the side for the past 10 years, Wells was honoured to claim his fairytale ending.
"To win it seven years in a row is such a huge achievement," he said.
"When I first was announced to captain the side, 10 years ago, we were still scratching around for players trying to field a side.
"We were quite inexperienced and to build up to be the club we are today is one of the most pleasing things for both me and the club."
However, Wells not only achieved locally but also on the larger scene, representing Queensland Country on six national tours.
"I played 25 games with Queensland Country, lining up as one of their leading batsman," he said.
The Frenchville skipper did better still, being named in the 2007 Australian Country team following the national championships.
"I was the second-leading run scorer of the championships which was a huge achievement," Wells said.
"That also gained me national recognition, being announced as the Australian captain."
Despite Wells' renowned achievements in the cricket world, he is looking forward to his retirement from the sport.
"I am the director of Co-Curricular at Rockhampton Grammar, and am heavily involved in various school sports," he said.
Above all, Wells looks forward to spending more time with his family and friends.
"We are expecting our second child in August and Ruby is only 18 months," he said.
"It will be great being able to spend more time with the kids and to enjoy them growing up."
Prior to Wells announcing his retirement, Gracemere captain Michael Harth announced his retirement from the sport.