Born on 5th May 1984 in Dublin is ODI and T20 International wicket-keeper for Ireland and ICC umpire, Mary Veronica Waldron.
Mary is a right-hand batter and wicket keeper, making her debut for Ireland on 4th July 2010 against New Zealand at Kibworth. The new Ireland keeper made duck batting at number eleven, took not catches, but importantly for a keeper, let through no byes. Quite some feat in that match given that her inaccurate team mates bowled 34 wides. Three days later Mary took her first catch in an ODI, that of Charlotte Edwards.
Mary’s ODI career is so much more than those nervous days making her debut. She has played in 44 matches, scoring 359 runs with a high of 42. She has 43 dismissals to her name, with 31 catches and 12 stumpings. This puts Mary as the leading all time wicket keeper for Ireland in ODIs.
A T20 International debut came in the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge in 2010/11 against Sri Lanka at Potchefstroom. It was the first of 68 matches Mary has played for Ireland and as with ODI’s she is the leading wicket keeper of all time with 46 dismissals made up of 19 stumpings and 26 catches. Now a career of 110 matches – still going at the time of writing – is enough on its own, but quite spectacular when your consider Mary’s ongoing umpiring career. Mary has umpired in Tasmania, in first grade cricket in Adelaide, Kia Super League and in six International T20 matches.