Kenneth Ernest Palmer, (born 22 April 1937), 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.
1 Playing career,
3 Family connections,
5 External links,
A reliable all-rounder for Somerset between 1955 and 1969, Palmer was a right-handed middle-order batsman and fast-medium bowler with a whippy action, whose best season was 1961, when he achieved the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets.
Palmer played one Test. Because of injuries to other bowlers (John Price, David Brown and Tom Cartwright), he was called up while coaching in Johannesburg to play in the fifth Test at Port Elizabeth, on the 1964-65 England tour of South Africa. It was a poor debut on a pitch made for batting, and Palmer's one wicket cost 189 runs, which meant his bowling average is the second worst in England's Test history (after John Warr).
Palmer was appointed as an umpire in 1972, and made his international debut in the England versus Pakistan Test in June 1978.
His brother, Roy Palmer, also played for Somerset, and equally became a first-class and Test match umpire. His son Gary played as an all-rounder for Somerset also.