Roy Palmer (cricketer)

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Roy Palmer
Personal information
Full nameRoy Palmer
Born (1942-07-12) 12 July 1942 (age 76)
Devizes, Wiltshire, England
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RelationsBrother Ken, nephew Gary
Domestic team information
196570 Somerset
First-class debut19 June 1965 Somerset  v  Cambridge University
Last First-class 15 September 1970 Somerset  v  Yorkshire
List A debut30 April 1966 Somerset  v  Sussex
Last List A 13 September 1970 Somerset  v  Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Runs scored1037198
Batting average 13.298.25
Top score8426
Balls bowled101832209
Wickets 17267
Bowling average 31.6222.31
5 wickets in innings 41
10 wickets in match
Best bowling6/455/18
Catches/stumpings 25/7/
Source: CricketArchive, 20 June 2010

Roy Palmer, born at Devizes, Wiltshire, on 12 July 1942, was a cricketer who had a relatively short first-class career as a player with Somerset from 1965 to 1970 and a much longer career as a first-class umpire, He stood in two Test matches in 1992 and 1993 [1] and in eight One Day International games between 1983 and 1995. [2]

Devizes town in Wiltshire, England

Devizes is a market town and civil parish in the centre of Wiltshire, England. It developed around Devizes Castle, an 11th-century Norman castle, and received a charter in 1141 permitting regular markets, which are held weekly in an open market place. The castle was besieged during the Anarchy, a 12th-century civil war between Stephen of England and Empress Matilda, and again during the English Civil War when the Cavaliers (Royalists) lifted the siege during the Battle of Roundway Down. Devizes remained under Royalist control until 1645, when Oliver Cromwell attacked and forced the Royalists to surrender. The castle was destroyed in 1648 on the orders of Parliament, and today little remains of it.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.


Cricket player

Palmer was the younger brother of the Somerset and England all-rounder Ken Palmer and, like him, a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium right-arm bowler. Unlike Ken, Roy Palmer's batting was normally no better than lower-order, and though he made 84 batting at No 9 against Leicestershire in 1967, he never again passed 50. [3] His bowling, too, was inclined to be expensive. His best season was 1969, when Somerset finished bottom of the County Championship: handed the new ball for much of the season, he took 60 wickets, but at a cost of almost 32 runs per wicket. When, in 1970, that average moved upwards to beyond 37 runs per wicket, he was not re-engaged.

Kenneth Ernest Palmer is an English former cricketer and umpire, who played in one Test in 1965, and umpired 22 Tests and 23 ODIs from 1977 to 2001. He was born in Winchester, Hampshire.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club Cricket Team

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County Championship

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Cricket umpire

Palmer followed his brother onto the first-class umpires list with a few matches in 1979, and was appointed to the regular first-class umpires' list for the 1980 season. He stayed there for 28 seasons, retiring at the end of the 2007 season having reached the age of 65 and having officiated in 445 first-class games [4] as well as 469 List A matches.

His first international appearances came during the 1983 World Cup, when he umpired four games. In 1992, he was appointed to his first Test match, the third match in the series between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford. At the end of the fourth day, he warned the Pakistan fast bowler Aaqib Javed for intimidatory bowling against the England tail-ender, Devon Malcolm. Palmer then returned Aaqib's sweater to the bowler at the end of the over with what Wisden Cricketers' Almanack termed "more emphasis than usual, probably because it was caught in his belt". [5] Aaqib and Pakistan captain Javed Miandad protested, and a supporter ran onto the pitch with a rolled-up newspaper, and was restrained by security staff. Match referee Conrad Hunte ruled in favour of Palmer, fined Aaqib half his match fee and censured Pakistan tour manager Intikhab Alam, who had told the press that Palmer had insulted his team. The International Cricket Council also censured Intikhab for repeating his remarks and refusing to apologise to Palmer.

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Devon Malcolm Cricket player of England.

Devon Eugene Malcolm is a former English cricketer. He played in 40 Test matches for his adopted country, but took part in just ten One Day Internationals.

Palmer's second Test as an umpire was only a little less controversial. Appointed to stand in the third match of the 1993 series against Australia, he and fellow umpire Barrie Meyer both complained to the match referee, Clive Lloyd, at the end of the third day about the ferocity of the appeals. [6] The Australians were severely censured by Lloyd and the match ended in a draw, ending a long sequence of defeats for England.

Australia national cricket team National sports team

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Barrie John Meyer was an English footballer and cricketer, and later a cricket umpire.

Clive Lloyd cricketer

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Palmer officiated in One Day International matches in the following two seasons, but did not stand in another Test, though he was the third umpire for the Lord's Test against New Zealand in 1994. He also umpired the women's Test match against India in 2006.

Third umpire off-field umpire in cricket

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Lords cricket venue in St Johns Wood, London

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