Full name Kenneth Ernest Palmer
Born April 22, 1937, Winchester, Hampshire
Current age 80 years 97 days
Major teams England, Somerset
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Southbroom Secondary Modern, Devizes
|Only Test||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 12-17, 1965 scorecard|
|First-class span||1955 - 1969|
|List A span||1963 - 1969|
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 1-5, 1978 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-21, 1994 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Australia at The Oval, Jun 6, 1977 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jun 12, 2001 scorecard|
Ken Palmer will be best remembered as one of England's longer-serving umpires, but he also played one Test, when he was coaching in Johannesburg and was called up after a series of injuries in 1964-65. It was a chastening debut: his bowling average of 189 is the second-worst in England's Test history. In fairness, although it was a case of right place, right time, Palmer had been chosen in the England XII twice in 1963 only to be left out on the morning of the match. A stalwart allrounder for Somerset between 1955 and 1969, he was a solid middle-order batsman and fast-medium bowler. In 1961 he achieved the double - the youngest Somerset player to do so. He was appointed as an umpire in 1972, and in 31 seasons he stood in 22 Test matches and 23 one-day internationals. He was embroiled in controversy at Headingley in 1992 when he gave Graham Gooch not out when replays showed he had been run-out by two feet. The Pakistan side never forgave him as England went on to win a close match.
Awarded the MBE in December 2002
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