Pat Carrick

Born in Dunedin, Pat Carrick was a medium pace bowler who played seven Tests and three ODIs for New Zealand.

A right hand batter and right-arm medium pace bowler, Pat made her debut for Canterbury in 1961/62, but it wasn’t until she moved to play for North Shore that she was considered for national selection, in an era where Test cricket was the only option.

Pat made her Test debut at Christchurch in 1969 in the second Test of the series against the visiting England team. She took 1-44 and 0-39 in a steady but modest start to her international career. In all Pat would play seven Tests for the White Ferns with her swansong at her home town of Dunedin against India in 1978.

Her standout match was against Mim Knee’s Aussies in a one-off Test at St Kilda in 1971 where the White Ferns were humbled for just 89 runs in the first innings. They were heckled as they left the ground and perhaps that jeering lit a fire inside the team. Along with Jill Saulbrey (3-45) Pat destroyed the Aussie batting, collecting 6-29. The Kiwis rallied in the second innings with the bat, setting the Aussies of 295. It was too much for the home team, with Saulbrey (4-50) and Carrick (3-36) bowling the White Ferns to victory.

A brief ODI career of just three matches in the World Cup of 1978 in India – her best haul of 3-43 came in her debut – again against the Aussies.

Post career Pat turned her hand to umpiring and in 1988 became the first woman to umpire a men’s First Class Match. She would umpire one Women’s Test (1990), one Women’s ODI (1990) and 15 First Class matches (1987-1990).