Elizabeth Rebecca “Betty” Wilson was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1921. She is regarded as one of the greatest woman cricketer ever. She played for Australia in test matches internationally.
Willson was an allrounder on field having excellent batting, bowling and fielding talents. She was a right handed batsman and a leg spinner. She spent her early days in Collingwood, Victoria. At a tender age of 10, Wilson joined the Collingwood Women’s Cricket Club and played with the adults. She was selected for the Victoria second XI when she was only 14 years old.
Wilson made her test debut in 1948 against New Zealand. She scored a stunning 90 runs and took 4 wickets for 37 runs. In the second innings, she took 6 dismissals partaking 28 runs. She scored a century in her second test against England in the same year. She became the first Australian woman to have scored a century against England.
In 1957 -58, Wilson scored a century against England and also took 10 wickets off an innings. She became the first cricketer, male or female, to have being able to do so. She managed to dismiss 7 batsmen for 7 runs on a wet-pitch. In the same match, she became the first woman cricketer to have taken a hat-trick in test matches. Wilson set another record for the best bowling figures of 11 wickets in 16 runs in a match.
Wilson took part in 11 test matches and batted at an average of 57.46. She scored a total of 862 runs during her test match career. Her bowling average remained at 11.80.
First cricketer to have scored a century and taken 10 wickets in a match
First woman cricketer to have taken a hat-trick in test match
First woman to have been inducted to the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 1985
The U-21 National Cricket Championship was renamed to Betty Wilson Shield in 1985-86 to honor Wilson