File image of Eileen Ash© Twitter / ECB
Eileen Ash, the oldest Test cricketer ever, has died at the age of 110, the English and Wales Cricket Board announced on Saturday. Ash, a right-arm seam bowler who made her Test debut against Australia in 1937, represented England seven times on both sides of World War II and retired in 1949. She worked with British intelligence during the war and played golf until the age of 98.
Ash was honored by being selected to ring the bell at Lord’s ahead of England Women’s victory in the 2017 World Cup final.
Clare Connor, Managing Director of ECB Women’s Cricket, said: “Our sport owes so much to its pioneers and Eileen was one of them. I am deeply saddened to say goodbye to her today.
“(England captain) Heather (Knight) and I visited Eileen about six months before the 2017 Women’s World Cup – she was 105 then – and it was one of the most remarkable experiences.
“Eileen taught Heather yoga, we played snooker, we drank cups of tea and we flipped through newspapers and scrapbooks that celebrated Eileen’s time as a player in the 1930s and 1940s.
“She delighted us with some wonderful stories, including how she had her bat signed in 1949 by Sir Donald Bradman at a French restaurant in Sydney.”
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