Sharyn Hill

Born on 19th May 1954 in Melbourne, Victoria, former Test and ODI player for Australia, Sharyn Anne Hill (nee Fitzsimmons).

Sharyn made her First Class debut for Victoria in 1973/74. A right-hand batter and right-arm medium pace bowler, she also had skill as a wicket keeper. She didn’t get a bowl, in fact even getting a game for Victoria in that era was tough in a team that included Anne Gordon, Sharon Tredrea, Raelee Thompson, Lorraine Hill, Elaine Bray, Marg Jennings. However, batting at number eleven in her debut, Sharyn scored 32 not out.

At the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur, India, a long way from Melbourne, Sharyn Fitzsimmons made her debut for Australia in the World Cup of 1977/78. Against New Zealand she took 3-16 from her ten overs. In the same tournament Sharyn took 2-23 against India and 2-14 against England, both from ten over spells.

Sharyn also played in the World Cup in 1981/82. By now she is Sharyn Hill and batting much higher up the order. All of her 14 ODI matches were World Cup games and she scored 184 runs at 20.44 with a top score of 76 against New Zealand at Wellington in January 1982. She took 9 wickets at 12.11 runs per wicket and an economy of 1.91 runs per over.

A Test debut came in 1978/79 in Sharon Tredrea’s team taking on New Zealand at home. Those three Tests were the only one she played in but Sharyn made them count. She had a batting average of 20.00 and a bowling average of 13.50 with a best of 2-17 at Melbourne.