Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Eileen Ash, oldest living Test cricketer, dies aged 110. She played seven Tests for England, taking 10 wickets at 23 before retiring in 1949
She played seven Tests for England, taking 10 wickets at 23 before retiring in 1949
Eileen Ash, who was the oldest living Test cricketer, has died at the age of 110.
Medium pacer Ash made her Test debut for England against Australia in 1937 and played seven Tests for the country, taking 10 wickets at 23 before retiring in 1949. In the middle of her international career, she was also seconded to MI6 – the UK's secret intelligence service – during World War II.
Ash represented the Civil Service Women, Middlesex Women and South Women in domestic cricket.
Ash rang the bell at a sold-out Lord's ahead of England Women's memorable victory in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup final against India. Two years later, a portrait of Ash was unveiled at the Home of Cricket, a ground at which she was afforded life-long honorary MCC Membership.
Clare Connor, the ECB's managing director of women's cricket and the MCC's president, said: “Our sport owes so much to its pioneers and Eileen was one of them. I am deeply sad to be saying goodbye to her today.
“Heather [Knight, England captain] and I went to visit Eileen about six months before the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup – she was 105 at the time – and it was one of the most remarkable experiences. Eileen taught Heather yoga, we played snooker, we drank cups of tea and we leafed through newspapers and scrapbooks celebrating Eileen's time as a player in the 1930s and 1940s.
“She regaled us with some amazing stories, including how she came to have her bat signed by Sir Donald Bradman at a French restaurant in Sydney in 1949. I know neither of us will ever forget that day, it was so special.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Eileen's family as they come to terms with losing such a wonderful woman and the end of an astonishing life.”