Smit to leave the Dolphins after 14 great
Durban – Veteran Hollywoodbets Dolphins player Daryn Smit has announced
his retirement from the Durban based franchise that he has represented
throughout his career at the end of the current season as he plans to
return to his English county club Ramsbottom, that he has represented in
the last three seasons, in the Lancashire league later in the year.
The 32 year old batsman, wicketkeeper and part time spinner has been a
popular member of the franchise side for 14 years, and a senior and leader
in the team.
“I have enjoyed a long and committed career with the Dolphins and never
seriously considered playing franchise cricket anywhere else other than in
Durban and for this team,” said Smit.
“I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given here and have
thoroughly enjoyed my time at the franchise. I will see out the rest of my
contract with the Dolphins and be committed, as always, to contributing
whatever I can in the remaining matches of the season.
“I am proud of my 14 year career. I’ve never been motivated by money and
in these modern times it’s quite rare for a cricketer to remain with one
team for so long. I’ve seen many players come and go and have forged some
lasting friendships with team mates and other people through cricket.
“I’m stepping down and leaving Kingsmead with many good memories and with
a smile on my face, which is important for a player to do whenever
possible,” said Smit.
“I would like to thank the Dolphins and KZN Cricket Union, especially my
team mates, the coaching and support staff and those administrators who
have been closely involved with the team,” he added.
“I would also like to thank the players association, SACA, for its great
support and for assisting with my education, personal development and
preparing me for life beyond cricket.
“Yusuf Wariyawa and Delta Cricket Club, will always hold a special place
in my heart for helping me to get where I am today. I also thank Gunn and
Moore, Anne Vilas and Opal Sports who have stuck by me and been my
equipment sponsors throughout my professional career.
“My wife, Sarah, and I are looking forward to exciting new times in the UK
and I hope to continue to play for my club Ramsbottom, in the Lancashire
League. At 32 I still have a lot to give to the club so this is by no
means the end of my playing career,” he concluded.
Smit said that to him, cricket was more than just a game and there are so
many memories that he holds dear to his heart on and off the field.
“Definitely something that cricket has afforded me over the last 15 years
was an opportunity to travel, to see different countries, meet different
people and experience the world and that is something I would have
probably never achieved had I worked an ordinary office job.”
Amongst other things he is mostly proud of was winning the Ram Slam in
2013/2014, a moment of victory which he says was a very emotional one for
him and also making the representatives’ teams – the SA U19, emerging
players’ team, South African’s A side as well as being selected for the
2009 T20 World Cup initial squad.
Smit, who made his first-class debut in 2004, has amassed just under 5500
runs in the four-day format with a top score of 156* along with 324
catches and 106 wickets – an example of his impressive dynamism within the
His strong glove work and steady leg-spin bowling always offered the
Dolphins a variety of options and his commitment to the side in all
formats of the game could never be faulted.
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