Bluebells lady cricketers in 1905
ON April 12, 1905 a match took place between the Bluebell Ladies and the Capulets Cricket Club.
A few modified rules were set before the match took place.
The Bluebells were able to bat 16 players and the LBW rule was dispensed with when the ladies batted and the men had to bat and bowl left handed.
The Bluebell team was made up of Miss M. Barrett, Miss E. Garrett, Miss C. Garrett, Miss A. Beaton, Miss A Wells, Miss E Reeves, Miss L. Denner, Miss L. Saxon, Miss E. Wells, Miss Barrett, Miss Saxon, Miss Wells, Miss Garrett, Miss Hatty, Miss Bell and Miss Beaton.
All sixteen appear in the photograph.
We know that Miss May Barrett is far left front and Miss Ethel Reeves is immediately next to her.
The Bluebells won the game 91 runs to 81.
Some of the names mentioned are pioneering families of the Euroa township such as Beaton, Garrett and Saxon.
The names of Garrett, Saxon, Reeves and Bell also have a long association with the sport of cricket in the district.
The Capulets Cricket Club was a founding member of the Euroa and District Cricket Association in 1904.
They played in that com- petition until the end of the 1911/12 season on the Friendly Society ground.
They were not known for their high level of cricketing ability as they only once appeared in the 1909 semifinals.
They hold the EDCA record for the lowest innings of three runs.
In the game against Tamleugh on November 12, 1912 at Tamleugh, they were dismissed for nine runs in the first innings with eight ducks.
They only made three runs in the second innings.
All batsmen made at least one duck and Tamleugh opening bowler, Jim Gourlay, took five wickets for no runs in each innings.
IN DAYS GONE BY: The Bluebells Ladies’ cricket team pose for their team photo before taking to the field to play the Capulets cricket team, in 1905.