Cathy Smith

Born on 12th January 1961 in Yagoona, New South Wales, is former ODI player for Australia, Catherine Margaret Smith.

A right-hand batter, but primarily a wicket keeper, Cathy made her First Class and List A debut for the ACT (Canberra) in 1981/82 and played for them until turning out for NSW from 1985/86.

The following season Cathy made her ODI debut for Australia against the visiting New Zealanders. She was understudy to the regular keeper. Chris Matthews. She scored 9 which ended up being her best score – such a dominant Australian batting line-up in that era – and didn’t take any catches or stumpings. During the rest of the three match series Cathy took two stumpings and a catch, twice dismissing Kiwi legend Debbie Hockley. (Note, the scorer in that series was the recently deceased Erica Sainsbury).

Cath went on one overseas tour, to England in 1987 as reserve keeper to Matthews and played in two ODIs against Ireland, one as keeper and the other as a batter. It gave her five ODIs in her career where she snapped up two catches and four stumpings.

Teaching jobs in both China and Japan saw Cathy coaching teams in both countries, spreading the word of women’s cricket in Associate countries long before the ICC.