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.

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