Steve Goldsmith (cricketer)

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Steven Clive Goldsmith (born 19 December 1964) is a former English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. During his career, he played First-class cricket for Kent and Derbyshire.

Goldsmith was a strong all-rounder, capable with the bat and ball in limited-overs cricket. Though the longer form of the game was more hurtful to his career, causing him to bat more aggressively as his career progressed, his quality defensive action was perfect for the time he played.

Educated at Canterbury's Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys under the watchful eye of Games Master Robert Harriott [1], Steve joined the staff of Kent County Cricket Club, in 1986 before joining Derbyshire and making his debut against Cambridge University and started playing County Cricket for them in the 1987 season. Having shown himself capable of batting at number six, with innings including a half century within his first two games, he finished the season with a commendable thirty average, finding it necessary to slog the ball around the field in the search for runs.

Goldsmith made two centuries in County cricket, but suffered an injury in 1992, a gash which effectively ended his career, despite this season being his highest in terms of first-class average. Upon leaving Derbyshire in 1992, he moved to Norfolk, where he lasted nearly a decade, playing in the Minor Counties Championship finals of 1996 and 2002.

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