Cricket NSW would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of former NSW wicketkeeper Dr Erica Sainsbury, who passed away on Christmas Eve, aged 62.

Sainsbury played ten matches for NSW between 1978 and 1980, including five as vice-captain, such was the respect she held within the team.

Alongside her playing career, Sainsbury made a huge contribution to the sport of cricket away from the field.

Amongst her many post-playing roles, Sainsbury was the Australian Women’s Team scorer and statistician between 1987 and 2003 and a ground announcer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

She wrote an earlier version of the Australian Women’s Team song and will forever be recognised in NSW Breakers’ folklore for penning their song.

Sainsbury was a Life Member of Gordon District Cricket Club Women’s Division and in 1997 won the Service Award for the NSW Women’s Cricket Association.

Away from cricket Sainsbury was a registered pharmacist and highly regarded in the education sector where she held a PhD in Educational psychology. 

Erica was most aptly described by former Australian star and CA Board Member Mel Jones as ‘in every way, a really lovely woman’.

RIP Erica.