Blackwell declares on sensational career
Kate Blackwell retires from cricket, 26 August 2010
Adapted from www.cricketnsw.com.au
NSW Breakers and Universities Cricket Club stalwart, Kate Blackwell, has announced her retirement from cricket, bringing to an end a career that saw her part of six National titles with NSW and Australia's World Cup victory in 2005.
Growing up in Yenda in the Riverina region, Kate Blackwell played 76 National League (50 over) games and 10 domestic Twenty20 games for the NSW Breakers. She first represented Australia in 2004, going on to play four Tests, 41 One Day Internationals and six Twenty20 Internationals.
She and her twin sister, Alex, are also the first set of identical twins to represent Australia in cricket.
Kate was an exciting middle order player with the ability to score quickly and frustrate opposition attacks with her creative stroke play.
She is one of only five players to have been a part of each of the Breakers' five consecutive National title winning sides between 2005/06 and 2009/10. She was vice-captain of the team in 2006/07 and played a major role in the Breakers' success that summer, finishing as the competition's leading batter with 362 runs at an average of 45.25.
Just last month she also completed a stint with English county side, Middlesex, where she scored 256 runs in three matches with an average of 256 and strike rate of 91.43.
Blackwell rated representing Australia in the 2005 World Cup and Ashes Tests, as well as being part of the first ever Australian women's Twenty20 side and numerous National titles with the Breakers as the highlights of her career and while difficult, she was comfortable with her decision to retire from the game she loved.
"I believe I have given my all during my time with NSW and in return I have received so much. I've made so many wonderful, lifelong friends and have been part of building our remarkable culture of success, enjoyment, high standards and support of one another," she said.
"There are so many people I need to thank. Kerry Marshall in particular has been a great mentor and friend of mine from the time I first represented NSW in the U/17s right through to today. Belinda Clark, Lisa Keightley and Julie Hayes were the players I looked up to and I was very lucky to have played alongside them. My sister, Alex, has been my biggest supporter, my closest training buddy, and my friend.
"I have been very fortunate to have been involved with Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia. What they have done for women's cricket is something that we do not take for granted. And finally I thank the people of Griffith and the Riverina for the interest they have shown in my career, and my parents John and Lorraine for helping me to follow my dream," she said.
"This is very sad news however we respect Kate's decision. She has been a very important part of the Breakers for eight seasons and has always conducted herself in a professional manner. She will be sorely missed," said Cricket NSW Chief Executive, David Gilbert.
NSW captain, Alex Blackwell, praised her sister's dedication.
"Kate helped build the culture of excellence and enjoyment within the Breakers squad. She is one of the most passionate and hard working cricketers you will ever meet and I know she will take these qualities into her future pursuits," she said.
"It is sad for me to hear her say farewell after 20 years in cricket together. I am proud to have competed alongside her and I owe so much to her. I would not be the cricketer I am today without Kate," she added.
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