Former England bowler and oldest living Test cricketer Eileen Ash celebrates her 110th birthday today.
Ash appeared in seven Test matches for England between 1937 and 1949, making her debut before the second world war. She made her Test debut against Australia at Northampton in June 1937 and would play her final Test 12 years later when she faced New Zealand in Auckland in March 1949.
World’s oldest living Test cricketer turns 110
She becomes a supercentenarian on Saturday, having reached the age of 110.
Alongside here seven Tests, Ash played 22 First-Class matches for her county Middlesex.
A medium pacer of some skill, she took 10 Test wickets at an average of 23.00. Ash also played domestic cricket for the Civil Service, Middlesex and South of England.
Achievements away from cricket
On 17th August, former England Women cricketer Eileen Ash was honoured with a large portrait of hers at England’s Lord’s Cricket Ground. Photo: MCC
Outside of cricket, Ash joined the civil service at the age of 18 and after the outbreak of WWII she was seconded to MI6 during, and went on to work with the organisation for eleven years.
In 2011 Ashe bcame the first England Women’s cricketer to live to be 100 years old; She was made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club to mark the occasion.
Ash passed her driving test at the age of 105, a feat covered on the ITV reality show 100-Year-Old Driving School.
In January 2021, at the age of 109, she became one of the oldest people in the UK to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Ash lived through both world wars, the Spanish flu epidemic, the great depression and has witnessed perhaps the greatest advancements in technology.