Warwick’s Kimmince calls time on stellar career
International allrounder and Warwick product Delissa Kimmince has called time on her 15-year cricketing career, which saw her excel at the highest level of the game and lead her state by example.
The 31-year-old informed Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket this week of her decision to retire, ending a remarkable international and domestic playing career.
This included representing her country while still in her teens and being a member of three ICC World T20 Cup winning squads.
Kimmince played in Queensland’s first national women’s title win, the 2013-14 T20 championship, and was then a key member of the WBBL Brisbane Heat’s historic two-time championship team.
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson thanked Kimmince for her outstanding contribution to the game.
“It’s been a privilege to watch Delissa play for Australia, the Fire and the Heat,’’ he said.
“Her skills as a player were outstanding, and it was equally rewarding to see the way she carried herself away from the field.
“She led by example through her generosity with sponsors, volunteers, fans and supporters, and her enthusiasm to promote the game to girls and women.
“Delissa deserves the highest praise for her willingness to step up as an exceptional role model for the game.
“On behalf of the many fans she made time to chat with and take a photo with after matches, or play a game with boys and girls at a coaching clinic, it’s appropriate to congratulate her and wish her all the success for the future.
“We will celebrate DK’s career at next week’s Queensland Cricket Awards dinner and look forward to highlighting the exceptional contribution she has made to cricket in the state,” Svenson said.
Kimmince made her debut for Queensland in a one-day tour game against New Zealand in 2006 when she was still at high school and made her international debut 16 months later in 2008 when she played against the White Ferns in two ODIs in New Zealand.