CRICKET: Dubliner is a Melbourne Star with Big Bash Heroics

by Jonny Stapleton
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Kim Garth capped off a brilliant debut season in Australia by claiming top honours for the Melbourne Stars at the Cricket Victoria awards.   

The Pembroke all rounder on the up and up Down Under was rewarded for a sensational seasons innings that saw her shine with both bat and ball, winning Big Bash Player of the Year.  

Matching it with some of the best bowlers in Australia, the Dubliner sat inside the top 10 for wicket takers, despite two wash outs. Garth added to her prowess with the ball with an average of over 27 with the bat and a healthy strike rate of over 106.

The seasons performance also saw Garth voted Victorian State Women’s Players’ Player by the Victorian women’s squad.

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It’s extremely impressive, particularly for a debut season and it goes some way to vindicating the former Irish International’s decision to move to Australia to forge a career in professional sport.

Garth has been bowling overs and bowling people over from a young age. 

At just 14 years and 70 days old she became the youngest female Irish cricket international [ a record which has since been broken] and the third-youngest of all time when she made her international debut in July 2010, in a one-off ODI against New Zealand.

5 May 2019; Kim Garth of Ireland is interviewed after the T20 International between Ireland and West Indies at the YMCA Cricket Ground, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Irish cricket coach Trent Johntson then wanted her to play in the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup. However, with it being her Leaving Cert Year and the tournament being in March, she elected to stay home and represented Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin minors in the club and county championships respectively.

Twelve years on from her Irish debut and Garth is now the only overseas player contracted to play professionally with Victoria in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL). The former Irish vice-captain is also an overseas player for Big Bash cricket, the Twenty20 competition where each team has three overseas players.

In 2020 she signed a two-year contract with the Victoria women’s cricket team and has since gone on to represent the Melbourne Stars and if recent accolades are anything to go by things are going more than well.

Kim Garth, in action with bat and ball for Ireland, was named Big Bash Player of the Season after a brilliant debut campaign for the Melbourne Stars

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