Bowl The Maidens Over- Louise Zedda-Sampson
Bowl the Maidens Over: Our First Women Cricketers is a 100-page illustrated hardback book. It takes you back to the first games of women’s cricket in Australia.
In 1874, John Rae, a Bendigo schoolmaster, approached the Sandhurst Easter Fair Committee with an idea to draw the crowds: a novelty ladies’ cricket match – something Australia had never seen before.
And here begins the story of women’s cricket in Australia. Bowl the Maidens Over presents the factual account of the very first women’s matches from the selection of uniforms, to mentoring by the prestigious Bendigo United Cricket Club, to their ceremonial arrival at the Easter Fair to the during- and post-match critiques. The story is told through the media’s lens and provides insights into the tumultuous road the cricketers travelled, just in order to play.