Ken Palmer      

Full name Kenneth Ernest Palmer

Born April 22, 1937, Winchester, Hampshire

Current age 77 years 151 days

Major teams England, Somerset

Nickname Pedlar

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Other Umpire

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Southbroom Secondary Modern, Devizes

Relation Brother - R Palmer, Son - GV Palmer

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 1 0 10 10 10.00 0 0 1 0 0 0
First-class 314 481 106 7771 125* 20.72 2 27 158 0
List A 24 19 5 137 35 9.78 0 0 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 2 378 189 1 1/113 1/189 189.00 3.00 378.0 0 0 0
First-class 314 44254 18485 866 9/57 21.34 2.50 51.1 47 5
List A 24 1335 733 34 4/26 4/26 21.55 3.29 39.2 1 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 12-17, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1955-1969
List A span 1963-1969
Umpiring statistics
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
Test matches 22
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at The Oval, Jun 6, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jun 12, 2001 scorecard
ODI matches 23
ODI statistics
Profile

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.
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Jul 7, 1966

Ken Palmer bowls during his five-wicket haul, Surrey v Somerset, County Championship, The Oval, 2nd day, July 7, 1966

Ken Palmer bowls during his five-wicket haul

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Jun 25, 1961

The Somerset squad in 1961. Back: John Miles Lawrence, Brian Langford, Ken Palmer, T. Tout (scorer), Graham Atkinson, Ken Biddulph, Haydn Sully, Brian Roe. Front: Colin Atkinson, James Geoffrey Lomax, Harold Stephenson, Bill Alley, Peter Wight.

The Somerset squad in 1961

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Notes

Awarded the MBE in December 2002

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