Kirstin Smith – Head of Women & Girls Cricket

BIO: I started playing cricket at the age of 8 years old at Illingworth CC, after watching the 1XI train I wanted to try it. I went to junior training and the love started from there! I played for West Yorkshire from the age of 11 and moved to Queensbury at age 14 as Captain of the junior age groups. I spent the next 3 years playing for Yorkshire Ladies U15 & U17s travelling the country and playing against the likes of Alex Hartley who now plays for England. I was the first female in the Halifax Cricket League to play 1XI cricket and play in the Premiership. I am a Level 2 coach and currently coach the U11 Halifax Taverners. In the little time I have spare, I am the secretary for the Halifax Junior Cricket League. I’m now looking forward to inspiring more girls into playing Cricket through my work at The Cricket Asylum.

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Club: Queensbury CC & Lightcliffe Ladies

Nicknames: Kirst or Smithy

Playing style: Aggressive Bat – Competitive all round!

Best moment in Cricket: Winning the National Competition when Playing with Yorkshire U17’s.

Interests away from Cricket: Cant beat a Tv Box set – Suits or Prison Break!

One player you’d want to bat with: Tendulkar – I could watch from the other end!

Fave food: Chinese.

Fave film: Dodgeball or Now You See Me

Fave music: Pretty much anything.

Best place you’ve ever been: Lapland as a kid.

Fave book:  Pretty much anything sporty.

What are you most afraid of: Bit of a wimp when it comes to bugs.

What are you most proud of: Watching kids you’ve coached achieve.