New Zealand quick Hamish Bennett has declared his retirement from all forms of cricket, after a 17-year career. The 35-year-old, who has played for New Zealand’s U-19 squad, senior men’s team, and local teams Wellington and Canterbury, has announced that the 2021-22 season will be his final.
“When I started out as a young kid bowling in the nets in Timaru, I never dreamed I would have gone on to enjoy the career that I’ve had,” Bennett was quoted as saying by nzc.nz.
“From Old Boys Timaru Cricket Club who got me involved in cricket at the start, Timaru Boys’ High School, South Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Cricket, Cricket Wellington, and New Zealand Cricket, as well as all the other great clubs I’ve played for down the years, they’ve all played a role in helping me achieve my cricket dream. I’ve been so fortunate to work and play alongside so many great players, captains and coaches and I’d like to thank every one of them for their support over the years”, a heartfelt thank you note from the cricketer.
As Wellington Blaze’s coach, he has won 12 domestic titles, including five Plunket Shields, two Ford Trophy titles, four Super Smash crowns, and one Super Smash trophy.
He was a member of New Zealand’s World Cup squad in 2011, appearing in four matches before taking a three-year break before returning to play two One-Day Internationals against India at home in 2014.
“Men’s and women’s cricket in New Zealand is in an exciting place, so I’m looking forward to putting the feet up and watching the game grow from the sidelines,” Bennett said.
“It’s been an honour to represent my family and my country for New Zealand and those memories and experiences will be ones that I cherish and tell stories about for the rest of my life.”
Bennett, on the other hand, will continue to play cricket for Martinborough’s Old Tablelands Cricket Club while simultaneously pursuing a coaching career.