Lyn Fullston

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Lyn Fullston
Personal information
Full name Lynette Ann Fullston
Born (1956-03-03)3 March 1956
Karoonda, South Australia
Died 1 June 2008(2008-06-01) (aged 52)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nickname Lefty
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role all rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 99) 21 January 1984 v India
Last Test 29 August 1987 v England
ODI debut (cap 26) 10 January 1982 v India
Last ODI 18 December 1988 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 12 41
Runs scored 285 134
Batting average 31.66 27.78
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 41* 27
Balls bowled 3610 2366
Wickets 41 73
Bowling average 25.53 13.26
5 wickets in innings 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 4/53 5/27
Catches/stumpings 20/- 18/-
Source: CricInfo, 20 April 2014

Lyn Fullston (3 March 1956 – 1 June 2008) known by her friends and peers as Lefty, was a World Champion Australian Cricketer, Australian netball representative,[1] gifted sportswoman and dedicated Physical Education teacher in South Australia.[2] Fullston took up cricket in 1977 and first represented South Australia in 1979, before her International debut versus India in the 1982 World Cup.[3]

Cricket career[edit]

Fullston had a 15-year, 123-match career at first-class level, claiming 73 one-day international and 41 Test wickets, and twice took five wickets in an ODI innings with best figures of 5-27. A handy all-rounder, Fullston averaged 31.67 in Test cricket with a top score of 41 not out against England in 1987.[3] As of 2013 she still holds the world record for most wickets (39) taken in World Cup matches by an individual female.[3][4] Fullston was the first woman cricketer to take 2 five fors in Women's Cricket World Cup history[5] On the other hand,she has the record for taking the most number of wickets in a single Women's Cricket World Cup series(23 wickets)[6]

Fullston began her cricket career while at teacher's college, where peers and friends encouraged her to have a go.[7] She started playing for Adelaide College of Advanced Education in 1977. She moved on to captain/coach at Flinders Uni in 1982 and then to Eencee in the same role in 1988, before as a club they joined forces with Port Adelaide Cricket Club in 1994, where she played and coached until retiring in 2007. Under her eye Port became one of the most successful women’s clubs in South Australia, becoming the first in history to win the premiership in all three grades in one season.[8]

Fullston also coached at State level, coaching the 1985/86 South Australian Under 21 team, which won the National Championships.

Fullston taught in South Australia as a girls' Physical Education, Maths and Geography teacher for 28 years.[7] She was an advocate for the construction of a new Gymnasium at Le Fevre High School where she taught; it was built, and named in her honor after her death.[9]

Cricket Australia's chairman said after her death that Fullston was an ambassador for women's sport from community to international level.[10]

She holds the record for delivering the most number of balls in a single Women's cricket test match(677)[11][12] Also holds the record for delivering the most number of balls in an innings of a Women's test match(407)[13]


Fullston represented Garvillle Netball Club, South Australia and Australian in Netball. She was honoured with a life membership with Garville [14]

Death and legacy[edit]

Fullston died on 1 June 2008 after a long illness.[7] Her death was reported in the cricket world, but received little attention from the mainstream of South Australia's and Australia's media. This prompted Jenny Williams to begin the South Australian Women's Sport Network - a social media campaign to address the lack of media coverage and profile for South Australia's sports women.

Women's International five wicket hauls[edit]

Women's One Day International five wicket hauls[edit]

Lyn Fullston's Women's One Day International five-wicket hauls
# Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 5/27 8  New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1982 Won
2 5/28 39  Netherlands Melbourne, Australia Carey Grammar School Oval No.2[15] 1988 Won


  1. ^ "Tribute paid to Aust cricketer, netballer". ABC News (Australia). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lyn Fullston". Player Profiles. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cricket Australia pays tribute to Lyn Fullston". Press Release. Australian Cricket Board. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup | Most wickets | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup | Most five-wickets-in-an-innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup | Most wickets in a series | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  7. ^ a b c "World-class cricketer dies". Australian Teacher Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lefty Fullston". Port Adelaide Cricket Club. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Rob Shepherd (26 May 2011). "Le Fevre High School History". Le Fevre High School. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "". Thats Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Records | Women's Test matches | Bowling records | Most balls bowled in a match | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  12. ^ "4th Test: India Women v Australia Women at Mumbai, Feb 10-13, 1984 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  13. ^ "Records | Women's Test matches | Bowling records | Most balls bowled in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
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  15. ^ "Carey Grammar School Oval No.2 | Australia | Cricket Grounds | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 

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