Lucy Pearson

Born on 19th February 1972 in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, former England Test, ODI and T20I cricketer, Lucy Pearson was a left arm opening bowler.

Quite sharp, perhaps quicker than the description given for here as “left-arm fast medium” as given by the Cricket web sites. Certainly if you ask those who batted against her.

Lucy’s Test debut came in 1996 at Guildford in the third Test against New Zealand. She wicketless and scored a duck. Although she took only wicket in second Test, ending with 1-101, that wicket was Australia’s captain, Belinda Clark. In her third Test she took another single wicket, that of Karen Rolton. First two wickets in Test cricket both ICC Hall of Famers.

Lucy’s wicket tally increased as she matured as a bowler and in 2003 broke a 70 year record by taking 11 wickets in a Test. At Bankstown Oval against Australia in the second Test, Lucy was bowling some serious heat as she took 7-51 in the first innings and 4-56 in the second. The list of batters she removed would be a who’s who of Australian cricket.

In 12 Test matches, Lucy took 30 wickets at 29.26 with the returns from Bankstown Oval her high water marks.

Her debut in ODIs was in 1998 and in that format was just as effective, taking 68 wickets at 22.97 with an economy of 3.09.

Lucy played in one T20 International. The first ever, when England took on New Zealand in 2004. She bowled four overs and finished with the tidy figures of 1-23.

Since retirement Lucy Pearson has been involved with coaching and as an ECB Director responsible for women’s cricket.

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