Former England women’s Test cricketer Eileen Ash is no more. Eileen Ash breathed her last on Saturday, December 4. She was 110 years old. Eileen Ash was the oldest Test cricketer. He made his Test debut against Australia in the year 1937. After which, he played seven test matches and took ten wickets. Eileen Ash’s best bowling figure was 3 for 35.
Let us tell you that Eileen Ash’s career was greatly affected due to the Second World War. Ash also worked for the secret intelligence service ‘MI6’, Apart from his cricketing career. He retired from cricket in the year 1949. Eileen Ash played the last match of his career against New Zealand at the Auckland ground.
World’s Oldest Cricketer Eileen Ash
The thoughts of everyone at the ECB are with the family and loved ones of Eileen Ash, who has died aged 110.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 4, 2021
Eighty years after her Test debut, Eileen Ash made her presence felt by ringing the Lord’s bell before the 2017 Women’s World Cup final. Eileen Ash is also called the ‘pioneer’ of women’s cricket. Two years later, he was also given lifetime membership of the MCC at Lord’s. Eileen Ash’s contribution to advancing women’s cricket cannot be forgotten. England Women’s Cricket Managing Director Claire Connor has condoled the death of Eileen Ash. They said,
‘Our game will always be grateful to Eileen Ash. It is with great sadness that Eileen has to say goodbye. Heather Knight and I went to see Eileen ahead of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. Eileen was 105 years old at that time. Eileen taught Heather yoga. And we played snooker together.
After tea, we looked through the newspapers and scrapbooks of Eileen’s time. That meeting with Eileen was a wonderful experience. Our prayers are with Eileen’s family in this difficult time’.
Let us inform you that Eileen Ash also represented the women’s civil service team, women’s Middlesex team and South women’s team in England domestic cricket.