Cricket for Girls were saddened to hear of the death of a true pioneer of Women’s cricket, Rachael Heyhoe Flint (Lady Heyhoe Flint) earlier in January. She was a remarkable woman and was described in The Guardian’s obituary as a ‘trailblazer in women’s cricket who fought sexism and indifference with equal energy’.
She played for England Women from 1960 until 1982. Remarkably she never lost a match as a captain.
She led England Women in a one-day international at Lords in 1976. This was significant because previously women were barred from the Long Room or playing on the pitch. Two decades later she was part of a successful campaign to allow women to become MCC members. She became an honorary life member.
With the backing of Sir Jack Hayward, she organised the first Women’s Cricket World Cup in 1973. This was a full two years before the first men’s World Cup.
She was a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and here is a link to their article about her life in cricket.
In 2010 she became the first woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint did such a lot for Women’s Cricket and it is partly due to her efforts that the England Women’s team are salaried, sponsored and have their own coaching staff.
She will be missed by many people and was a fantastic role model for females who love playing or watching cricket.