Anne Palmer (cricketer)

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Anne Palmer
Test cricket - women - 1935.jpg
Palmer is bowled out, 2nd Women's Test match in Sydney, 1935
Cricket information
Batting style Right hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off-spin
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 7) 28 December 1934 v England
Last Test 18 January 1935 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test
Matches 3
Runs scored 92
Batting average 15.33
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 39
Balls bowled 278
Wickets 10
Bowling average 12.00
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 7/27
Catches/stumpings 1/-
Source: Cricinfo, 22 February 2015

Anne Palmer (1915 – 6 July 2006)[1] was an Australian international cricketer who played three matches for the Australia national women's cricket team in the inaugural series against the England women's cricket team in the 1934/35 season. She took 7 wickets for just 18 runs in the first innings of the first-ever women's Test match.[2]

She formed a formidable spin partnership with Peggy Antonio, the "Girl Grimmett", taking ten wickets at 12 apiece and scoring 92 runs at 15.33. She had practiced with Antonio at a local school in her youth and the pair took 22 of the 35 wickets to fall in the rubber. A right-handed batsman she scored 92 runs in her three tests, with a best of 39, at 15.33. Unfortunately she was unable to raise the money necessary to tour England with the team in 1937 and never played test cricket again.

After winning a scholarship to continue her education she became Victoria's first uniformed policewoman. At the age of 89, was presented with a 'baggy green' Australia cap and badge in a ceremony in 2004 at the offices of Cricket Australia in Melbourne.

Interviewed after the ceremony she recalled how some of her team mates slept on luggage racks as they traveled by train around the country:

She died in 2006 aged 91, but her death was not reported until later as she had no close relatives.[3]


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  3. ^ Booth, Lawerence (2014). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 151st Edition. p. 217. ISBN 978-1408175682. 

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