Western Australian allrounder retires March 28, 2008

Law convinces Wates to walk away

Cricinfo staff

Darren Wates had a first-class high of 99 against South Australia and earned 35 wickets at 39.94 © Getty Images

Darren Wates, the Western Australia allrounder who played 15 first-class games, has stepped down to concentrate on his job as a lawyer. Wates, 30, was a swing bowler and lower-order batsman who was a member of the state's squad since making his debut in 1999-2000.

"After several seasons of being in and out of the team I felt that the time was right for me to move on to the next part of my life and devote my full attention to my professional career," Wates said. "I've been fortunate to have lined up alongside some of the best players to have ever played the game during my time with the Warriors and I have made many lifelong friendships."

Wates won a Best New Talent award in his first year on the domestic one-day scene and appeared in 50 matches. In the domestic first-class competition he had a high of 99 against South Australia and earned 35 wickets at 39.94.

"Darren has played an important role on and off the field as a leader, and he has had a major impact on the Warriors' success over the past decade," the coach Tom Moody said. "He will be sorely missed by his team-mates and the coaching and support staff because of his cricketing qualities and the wisdom he offers to the entire playing group."