Clements/Larwood scoreboard banner


National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
Canberra, Australia

Australian batswoman Nance Clements made her debut for Victoria against a touring English side on 7 December 1934 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Clements scored 21 not out in a match dominated by the English.

At the end of the match, Clements approached the ground’s attendant and asked if she could keep the scoreboard banner bearing her name as a memento of the match. Until the development of electronic scoreboards, players’ names were painted on large sheets of black cotton which were then nailed onto wooden planks and placed in the scoreboard. The attendant was in unusually generous mood, perhaps because he was retiring, and handed over the banner.

The MCG attendant was in an unusually generous mood, perhaps because he was retiring, and he handed over the banner. Clements discovered that her name was painted on one side and ‘LARWOOD’ on the other.

The MCG had apparently reused the banners from the previous year’s infamous Bodyline series, during which the attacking deliveries of English pace bowler Harold Larwood had almost caused a riot.


  • Title: Clements/Larwood scoreboard banner
  • Date Created: 1933/1934
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 2470mm(l) x 445mm(h)
  • Subject Keywords: Cricket, Women, Nance Clements, Harold Larwood, Bodyline
  • External Link: Collection Explorer, Collection Highlights
  • Credit: Donated by Nance Pownall (nee Clements)
  • Collection: National Museum of Australia

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