CENTURION – Handing over a cap to commemorate the special occasion of Sarah Taylor’s 100th One Day International for England was also a moment to cherish for a former Women’s World Cup-winning captain, Karen Smithies.
Smithies conducted the ceremony on Friday before the start of the second One Day International between the South African Momentum women’s team and the England women at SuperSport Park.
Smithies, currently a senior administrator at The Unlimited Titans, was 24 and into her first year as England captain when she lifted the crown at Lord’s as England beat New Zealand in the final of the quadrennial global showpiece for women in 1993.
She represented England in 15 tests, and plied her trade diligently over 14 years in 69 One Day Internationals.
“It was a privilege when Charlotte Edwards, the captain, asked me to hand over the cap to Sarah. Sarah is a special talent, as she has scored more than 3000 runs in One Day Internationals, with five centuries and is a wicketkeeper-batsman,” Smithies said.
Taylor even rubbed shoulders with the Australians in the Sheffield Shield series, she said.
Having slammed 3259 runs at an average of 40.73 in 99 One Day Internationals, Taylor announced her arrival in 2006 already when she made her debut at the cathedral of cricket, Lord’s.
Smithes was awarded the OBE for her services to the game of cricket, an honour that is bestowed on great champions in sport and society.