Eris Paton

Born on 9th October 1926 in Wellington, former New Zealand Test cricketer, Eris Paton was a handy allrounder.

Eris played for the Otago Women in the New Zealand first class competition and played her four Test matches between 1954 and 1961.

Paton’s best performance with the bat was against Mary Duggan’s touring England team in 1957. Coming to the wicket when New Zealand were 3/18, Eris top scored with 77 not out, more than half the team total of 130. In the second innings she again top scored, with 43, helping to keep England to a draw.

Her best bowling was against Muriel Picton’s visiting Australian team in 1961 when she took 4-35 and 2-20 as the White Ferns were closing in on an unlikely victory, only to be staved off by the bat of Picton herself. Eris passed away in November 2004.