Hard-hitting opening batsman Craig Spearman is to leave Gloucestershire one year before his contract was due to expire.
Spearman, who has played 19 Tests and 51 One-Day Internationals for New Zealand, joined Gloucestershire in 2002, hitting a club record 341 not out at the Gloucester Festival in 2004, beating the long-standing record of one W.G Grace.
''I have had an immensely enjoyable eight years at Gloucestershire and I would like to thank my colleagues and the members for their wonderful support over the years," Spearman told the club's official website (www.gloscricket.co.uk).
"I will miss the Club and wish them every success for the future.''
Director of Cricket John Bracewell added: "Craig has been an outstanding servant over a number of years for GCCC. Capturing a number of record breaking performances which will place him high in the status of great Gloucestershire batsmen and his experience will be missed. We wish Craig all the best as he pursues other endeavours."
Spearman, capped by the county in 2002 and awarded a benefit season in 2008, has been named in New Zealand's squad to play in the Hong Kong Sixes later this month.
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