Myrtle Maclagan

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Myrtle Maclagan
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Personal information
Full name Myrtle Ethel Maclagan
Born (1911-04-02)2 April 1911
Ambala, (Now in Haryana) United Provinces, India
Died 11 March 1993(1993-03-11) (aged 81)
Surrey, England
Bowling style Right arm off spin
International information
National side
Test debut 28 December 1934 v Australia
Last Test 31 July 1951 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition WTests
Matches 14
Runs scored 1007
Batting average 41.95
100s/50s 2/6
Top score 119
Balls bowled 3432
Wickets 60
Bowling average 15.58
5 wickets in innings 3
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 7/10
Catches/stumpings 12/–
Source: CricketArchive, 18 September 2008

Myrtle Ethel Maclagan MBE (born 2 April 1911 in Ambala, United Provinces, India; died 11 March 1993 in Surrey, England) was an English cricketer. She played in the first women's Test match in 1934, and was one of the best known women cricketers of her day, famous for making high scores against the Australians.She is mostly known for making first test century in Women Cricket. The first century in women's Test cricket was scored on 4 January 1935 by Myrtle Maclagan, who made 119 runs for England against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground . So much so that just after the men's team had lost the Ashes, the Morning Post praised Maclagan's batting prowess with the quatrain:

What matter that we lost, mere nervy men
Since England's women now play England's game,
Wherefore Immortal Wisden, take your pen
And write MACLAGAN on the scroll of fame

After the 1934–35 tour to Australia and New Zealand, Maclagan also played against Australia in England in 1937. After the war, she returned to cricket, touring Australia and New Zealand again in 1948–49 and then appearing against Australia in England in 1951.

In 1966 she was awarded the MBE.