VALE Keith Schmidt (1921 – 2017)

The KDCC lost one of its finest cricketers on 4 Oct 2017 when its Team of the Century captain passed away just short of his 96th birthday. Keith was a product of the Huon and because of WW2 he didn’t play TCA cricket until 1945 at the age of 24. He made up for his late start by playing TCA cricket for the next 24 years retiring in 1969. His accomplishments were incredible and he was a wonderful gentleman as well.

He was the 2nd most successful leg spin bowler in TCA History with 487 @ 16.91 each. He was probably considered to have been a better batsman scoring 7096 runs at a good average, for playing on poor 1950’s wickets. His total of 154 catches was the 4th highest in TCA history. He was the most reliable slips-fielder I ever had the pleasure of bowling to and he was 45-47 years of age at the time. When he retired from 1st Gd cricket he played 6 more seasons in 2nd Gd playing in the same team with his life time mates in Don Randell, Ray Stringer and Ron Bradburn. He had 2 years off playing golf, but Don Randell convinced him to return in 64/65.

In the 1966/67 Season he scored 656 runs at the lazy average of 164.00. In the Semi Final in 67/68 he had reached his century at Eady St when his bat broke leaving a 30cm piece laying on the pitch. He did not change the bat but threw the chunk away and continued on to reach 167 which enabled the KDCC to score 499. During those 6 seasons he took a further 144+ wickets and scored a further 2000 runs all between the ages of 41 and 48. In March 1969 he decided that the golf course was easier on his body and he played golf at the Huon Valley GC for many years naturally off a single figure handicap. He was also made a Life Member of the HVGC.

Keith also played 23 intrastate matches and represented the State with distinction in 16 matches. That should be plenty of evidence why he was named captain of the KDCC Team of the Century in 2001.

Brian Mitchell
KDCC Life Member