Kim Garth (Ireland)
Kim Garth won the Women’s Big Bash Title last month with Sydney Sixers.
Coming from a family of sportspersons, Kim Garth is the new face of women’s cricket in Ireland. Popular in the circuit for her incisive bowling, Garth’s reputation was enhanced by being a part of the Sydney Sixers team that won the Women’s Big Bash League 2016-17.
She took six wickets in six games in the WBBL at an average of 22.00 and maintained an economy of 6.00. In the final against Perth Scorchers Women, she dismissed Nicole Bolton, the Australia Women opener, for 34 at a decisive stage of the game.
“I am obviously hugely excited to have been played in the WBBL, let alone win it,” said Garth. “It’s been an amazing experience playing with and against the best players in the world. I have loved every minute of it and learned a huge amount.”
That Garth was in the Sixers’ rooster as a part of the International Cricket Council’s Associate Rookie Programme was because of her impressive shows for Ireland in the recent past.
Her figures of 10-2-37-3 helped Ireland beat South Africa Women in an ODI for the first time ever, in August last year.
She has 51 international wickets in her kitty, which includes a career-best 4 for 11 against Bangladesh Women in 2012 – the best bowling figures by an Ireland bowler since her debut in 2011.
She is the only bowler from her country to take three or more wickets in an ODI on four occasions in the last five years.
Sornnarin Tippoch (Thailand)
One of Sornnarin Tippoch’s best moments as a bowler came in the Women’s Asia Cup last year, when she had India’s Veda Krishnamurthy stumped.
She was Player of the Series in the World Cup Qualifying Series, Asia Region. Her 85 runs and three wickets helped Thailand win five out of their six matches and top the league. Her best performance came against Hong Kong Women across two games. In one encounter she made 36, and in the other fixture against the same opponent, she took 2 for 12.