Myrtle Maclagan

Former England captain Myrtle Maclagan was an allrounder with a stunning array of firsts: the first wicket in Test cricket, the first five wicket haul, the first half century and the first century.

Myrtle played in the first ever women’s Test match in 1934/35 and was easily the player of the series. She opened the batting and the bowling, her off-breaks far too deceptive for the Aussies.

Myrtle also captained England as a stand in for Molly Hide in the 1951 Ashes series, making her the third captain of the England team after Betty Archdale and Hide.

Here’s a list of firsts:

  • Bowled the first ball in women’s Tests
  • Took the first wicket
  • Bowled the first maiden
  • Took the first five wicket haul – 7-10
  • Faced the first delivery for England
  • Scored the first fifty in women’s Tests
  • Scored the first century

Played 14 Tests for England spanning 1934/35 – 1951. Myrtle scored 1007 runs at 41.95 with two centuries and six fifties. She took 60 wickets at 15.58. Those numbers stack up in any era.

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