COLAC cricketer Liam Buchanan has retired from Premier Cricket after a career full of achievement.
The Geelong Cricket Club batsman, who played nine one-day matches and three T20 matches for Victoria, announced his retirement after a Premier Cricket quarter-final loss to Frankston Peninsula.
Buchanan, 31, said age, time commitments, and injuries had combined to end his career.
“It’s just the time commitment, I’ve been doing it so long that I’d like to do something else on a Saturday other than play cricket,” he said.
“I’ve been struggling with my knee as well, it’s been a hard slog with injuries the last couple of years.”
Buchanan played 222 matches with Geelong and Melbourne and scored 7517 runs at an average of 33.11 with 14 centuries.
His 14-year premier cricket career was full of highlights but a top-grade premiership eluded the former City United junior cricketer.
“I was hoping for that fairytale ending to win a premiership and that didn’t happen,” Buchanan said.
“I suppose I was just disappointed with the way it all ended.”
Buchanan said he left premier cricket with “no regrets”.
“I probably should’ve done a bit more with my cricket if I’d been a bit more disciplined,” he said.
“But I enjoyed what I’ve done with the travel and the different things you get to do, there’s certainly no regrets from what I got out of my cricket.
“I’m disappointed not to win a premiership but apart from that I’m pretty happy with what I’ve achieved.”
Geelong Cricket Club president Peter Jeffries said Buchanan’s family connections to the club, including younger brother Meyrick, would ensure he remained a part of the Cats.
“The younger guys look up to him as far as talent with the bat and his captaincy over the last few years as well,” he said.
“We’ll certainly welcome him back to help out in any way and with Meyrick being the up-and-coming cricketer he is, he’ll take a bit of interest in the club that’s for sure.”
Buchanan said he would likely play with a Geelong Cricket Association club next season.
“I definitely want to keep in with the Geelong Cricket Club with some kind of coaching role there,” he said.
“I may play some local cricket in Geelong somewhere in the GCA but I’m not sure which club yet.”