A special cricket match between the Sidmouth Cricket Club and Warwickshire Imps will take place at the Fortfield on Sunday 29th July in memory of the late John Palmer. The day will give family and friends of John the chance to come together to celebrate his life.
John, who passed away earlier this year, began playing for Sidmouth as a teenager in the early 1950s and finally called it a day in 1993. Running in from his favourite Town End at the Fortfield, John took wicket after wicket in game after game. He claimed 100 wickets in the 1st XI for the first time in 1958 – a feat never achieved before by a Sidmouth bowler.
In the following seven seasons he had 98, 124, 96, 116, 98, 92 and 105 victims. Five times over the years he took 100 wickets or more in a season.
John’s best return for Sidmouth was eight for 28 against touring side UCS in 1965. He broke through the 1,000-wicket mark in 1967. Estimates vary just how many wickets Palmer took over five decades, although any figure in excess of 2,000 for the 1st XI would be more than plausible.
To honour John and his achievements a lunch has been organised from 12.00pm onwards with the game commencing at 2.00pm.
If you would like to attend the lunch please contact any of Fionn Wardrop, Anthony Griffiths or Saj Patidar and if you would like to play please contact match manager Luke Bess.
Updated 14:20 - 12 Jun 2018 by Saju Patidar