Over the last two cricket seasons, a genial figure has spent most of his waking hours in the vicinity of our cricket club in his dedicated pursuit of playing state cricket for WA & helping W.D.C.C win a 3rd Two-Day Flag, in turn helping Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club return to the very top of Grade Cricket.
Kelvin Smith, better known as ‘Special K’ came to Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club in WA before the start of the 2019-20 season from West Torrens Districts Cricket Club in SA after playing in the final Sheffield Shield match of the season 2018-19 for SA.
Kelvin was always the man to see the A Grade through to winning positions in a plethora of games during his time here, including a 117 against Rockingham-Mandurah, which Craig Simmons said was one of the best innings he had seen in Grade Cricket, his maiden hundred, 108 against Mt Lawley was special at home, then you have 151 versus a full-strength Fremantle at Stevens Reserve, this season Special K adapted to the WACA’s pace and bounce and hit a dominating 131 in a narrow loss to Subiaco-Floreat, but I believe the innings that he will be forever remembered by his teammates, WDCC supporters, and watchers of cricket is, Kelvins innings in the Elimination Final against Perth at Fletcher reserve, coming in at 2 for 5 to bat the entire innings and hit 137 off of 211 balls in 316 minutes to single-handedly win the “Miracle at Fletcher”. This then gave us the confidence to then go away to Lark Hill and demolish Rockingham-Mandurah in the Semi-Final, then the opportunity to take down the benchmark, Claremont-Nedlands in the Grand Final and become Premiers for the 2020-21 season.
Kelvin you will be almost impossible to replace, but our Club is so fortunate indeed to have had you here, even if it was just for two seasons of your illustrious career, you gave the guys around you so much confidence with your ability and professionalism on and off the field.
On behalf of the whole Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club family Kelv, I want to thank you for everything you have done and helped us achieve as a club over the past two years, it’s with great sadness we see you leave to head home to Bow Hill, but also with great excitement to see how the next stage of your career progresses mate and I am sure all your family at this club will be hoping you play for SA again this season.
It might have been a short stay Kelv but you couldn’t have achieved much more, playing for the WA 2ndXI and winning an A Grade Flag in only your second year, while taking home every trophy we offered as a club! If Covid-19 hadn’t ruined everything, possibly state cricket too.
I would also love to thank your whole family, Kevin, Yvonne & Jim, and your beautiful partner Stacey Hein who also chased her netball dreams here in Perth playing for the West Coast Warriors in State League Netball here before her knee injury curtailed a Premiership there too. Thank you, guys.
Your grateful Cricket Club acknowledges your contributions and wishes you every success for future endeavours.
Thanks, Special K!
|Player Name||Kelvin Ross Smith|
|First Played||Saturday 5 October 2019|
|Last Played||Saturday 27 March 2021|
|Number of Matches||42|
|ALL SEASONS, ALL GRADES||42||43||5||5||11||3||151||1917||50.45|
|108||WACA:1st Grade||2019/2020||4||1||Mount Lawley|
|86||WACA:1st Grade||2020/2021||2||1||Mount Lawley|