Ireland international Kim Garth just missed out on a winners’ medal in her first full season playing for Victoria in the Australian Women’s National Cricket League. But Garth had a storming performance in the grand final yesterday which could bring her closer to an Australia cap.
With six of her clubmates away with the national team, it was left to Garth to lead the line and her 10 overs, 3-45 was the best for her state as Queensland made 317-8. That was far too many for Victoria who were all out for 205 – with Garth top scoring with 48. The Dubliner ended the season with 13 wickets, one behind the league leader, team-mate Molly Strano.
The 24-year-old emigrated Down Under with the aim of playing as a full-time professional, after playing on two Big Bash-winning sides while wintering in Sydney. Last June she signed a two-year contract with Victoria.
The former Pembroke all-rounder was first capped by Ireland in 2010, aged 14. Uniquely, both her parents – Jonathan Garth and Anne-Marie McDonald – were internationals. Garth’s brother JJ has played for the Wolves, Ireland’s ‘A’ team. Kim won 114 caps for Ireland, the last in September 2019 – which was the last time Ireland played a match. In January this year she was named Hanley Energy Player of the Decade in the Cricket Ireland awards.
Last month, in a special feature on the Australian website, she explained her move: "It was really difficult, it was a massive decision. To give up playing for my country and to leave my friends and family as well was a really difficult decision.
"But sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and be a bit selfish in that regard. I wanted to play cricket for a living and that’s something just wasn’t feasible back home.”