Pollard, Marjorie, 1899-1982


Cricket for women and girls / by Marjorie Pollard. (London : Hutchinson, [1934])

Women’s cricket began in the 1880s, and in 1890, the English Cricket and Athletic Association organized two teams, under the banner of “The original English lady cricketers”, to tour England playing matches, “With the object of proving the suitability of the National Game as a pastime for the fair sex in preference to Lawn Tennis and other less scientific games. “The promotional literature stressed, “N.B. Every effort is made to keep this organisation in every respect select and refined. A matron accompanies each eleven to all engagements.”

The Women’s Cricket Association was formed in 1926 and began to arrange official games in 1927. The founders were mainly women’s hockey players, Marjorie Pollard, on of England’s leading hockey players of the 1920s and 1930s, being one of them.

Women’s test cricket was first played in 1934, when an English team toured Australia; Marjorie Pollard accompanied them as the radio broadcaster for the BBC. In addition to being the editor of the Hockey Field for thirty-four years, she founded the magazine, Women’s Cricket, in 1930 and edited it for nineteen years.

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