The 28-year-old hung up her boots following WA’s final fixture of their 2020-21 Women’s National Cricket League campaign at the WACA Ground yesterday, Saturday 20 March.

King was given a farewell to remember at the WACA Ground, with the side defeating Victoria by eight wickets.

The WA stalwart departed her home ground with a hand clap guard of honour, having finished with 3-37 in her final appearance for the State.

King, who made her debut at the age of 17 in the summer of 2009-10, enjoyed a span of 12 glorious years as a Western Australian player, and has been part of the Perth Scorchers’ squad since the inception of the Women’s Big Bash League.

For WA, King has taken 76 wickets at 29.30 in 66 List-A matches and was part of WA’s record-breaking 50-over title win last season.

That summer King was the second highest wicket taker in the competition, leading the WA bowlers with 18 scalps at an economy of 4.12.

In 54 WBBL matches for the Scorchers, she has taken 41 wickets at 26.15, conceding just 6.41 runs per over and is the third leading wicket-taker for the Club.

King has retired to focus full time on her role as Health and Physical Education teacher at St Hilda’s after seven years of juggling the job with the demands of professional cricket, which grew rapidly following the introduction of the WBBL.

“I have really enjoyed my time with WA cricket, and I feel very fortunate to have played alongside many incredible women over my 12-year career,” King said.

“Holding up the Ruth Preddy Cup with my teammates and coaches last summer is a moment in my career I’ll forever cherish.

“It was the right decision for me at this point in my life to step away from the game, I absolutely love the school I teach at and I couldn’t uphold the juggle between playing and teaching for much longer.

“It’s incredible to look back and see how much women’s and girls’ cricket has grown over the last decade, the sport now provides a clear talent pathway and amazing opportunities for aspiring young cricketers.

“I want to thank the Foreman family for introducing me to the game I quickly grew to love and obviously my parents and my immediate family for all of their support.”

WA Women’s Head Coach Becky Grundy said;

“Emma’s contribution to WA Cricket has been outstanding.

“She’s been incredible to watch and has played a huge part in our success in both the WBBL and national domestic 50-over competition in recent years.

“Emma’s passion to represent and contribute to winning games for WA has been compelling to the group and will be missed.

“On behalf of everyone at the WACA, we wish Emma all the best for the future.”