2013_Palmer AimeeRight-hand batsman; Right-arm seam bowler

Capped as an England International footballer and now on a football scholarship in Bristol, Aimee is also an outstanding cricketer, quickly showing she could more than hold her own with the boys and the men.  Initially she was an important member of Paul Stearman’s U11s squad that reached the Terry Moore Final and won the South Norfolk Community League in 2011 and, not surprisingly, was chosen as Girls’ Player of the Year.  The following season Aimee scored her first half-century, for the U11s at Ellingham and contributed 150 runs at an average of 37 and 9 wickets as the team again won the South Norfolk League.  That year, 2012, saw Aimee win both the U11s and the Girls’ Player of the Year Awards as she also helped the U13 Girls win the Lady Taverners Competition.  With Women’s and Girls’ cricket flourishing there were more opportunities for Aimee who had already made the County squad.  Playing senior ladies cricket and becoming physically stronger enabled her to bowl with considerable pace as well as being able to hit the ball even harder.  In 2013 Aimee played in the U13 side that reached the Alan Bridgewater Final as well as helping the girls retain their Lady Taverners trophy and, during the winter, played a leading role in the girls winning the NCB Indoor Women’s Competition.  An unassuming girl with a good sense of humour and a steely confidence, Aimee doesn’t seem particularly fazed by anything.  Now 17 she has been a ‘regular’ in the C or B Teams, scoring her first senior half-century last season.   She won the Lucy Phoenix Cup as Women & Girls’ Player of the Year in 2014 and has already played 101 games for Melton, scoring 1434 runs at an average of 25 and a highest score of 68 not out, and taking 66 wickets at 17.28.