Betty Snowball      

Full name Elizabeth Alexandra Snowball

Born July 9, 1908, Burnley, Lancashire

Died December 13, 1988, Colwall, Worcestershire (aged 80 years 157 days)

Major teams England Women

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education St Leonard's School; St Andrews; Bedford Physical Training College

Elizabeth Alexandra Snowball
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Tests 10 18 3 613 189 40.86 1 4 13 8
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Australia Women v England Women at Brisbane, Dec 28-31, 1934 scorecard
Last Test Australia Women v England Women at Sydney, Feb 19-22, 1949 scorecard
Test statistics
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Elizabeth Alexandra "Betty" Snowball, who died on December 13, 1988, aged 82, was an allround sportswoman who played squash and lacrosse at international level as well as cricket. But it was as one of the major figures of women's cricket for two decades from 1930 that she is best remembered, being a fine opening bat and generally accepted as the outstanding wicketkeeper of her generation. She had something of Australia's Bert Oldfield in her style: always immaculate in turnout, and neat and tidy in technique, although enthusiasm added a flourish to efficiency. Born in Burnley, she was coached after leaving school by Learie Constantine, from whom she gained what she termed aggressive inspiration. She played ten times for England, and toured Australia twice, recording a Test average of 40.86 and effecting 21 dismissals. Just over 5ft tall, Betty Snowball was an effective foil to the powerful allrounder, Myrtle Maclagen, both as fellow-opener and taking her spin bowling. Her outstanding innings was 189 in 222 minutes against New Zealand in 1935, which remained a Test record for half a century. She retired to Colwall, the Worcestershire village often called the cradle of women's cricket, and the venue of an annual women's cricket week.
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Jan 10, 2008

Betty Snowball keeping during England's tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1934-35, National Library of Australia

Betty Snowball keeping during England's tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1934-35

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Oct 21, 2004

Betty Snowball

Betty Snowball

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Jan 20, 1935

Anne Palmer is bowled for 11 as Mary Spear, Betty Snowball and Joy Partridge look on, Australia v England, 3rd women’s Test, Melbourne, January 20, 1935

Anne Palmer is bowled for 11

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