Bowl the Maidens Over available to order

Available to order now

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, and it’s now available for pre-order. You can purchase a copy directly from my shop at a special pre-order price of $22.95 plus postage. 
The official release date is 25 June 2021, and all pre-orders will be shipped either on or before that date. Once the pre-sale closes, books will be available to purchase from my store at $29.95 or through major online bookstores.

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Bowl the Maidens Over: Our First Women Cricketers


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.

Illustrated hardback, 100 pages
Publisher: LZS Press
RRP: $29.95
Published: 25 June 2021

About the author

Louise Zedda-Sampson is a Melbourne-based writer, researcher and award-nominated editor. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, magazines and anthologies and she has co-edited two anthologies. Her research articles on cricket in the 1800s have been published in The Yorker