WACA Expresses Sadness At Heyhoe Flint Passing
19 January 2017  

(L-R) England captain Charlotte Edwards, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Ebony Rainford-Brent.

The Western Australian Cricket Association expresses its sadness over the passing of cricket pioneer Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

Heyhoe Flint, 77, died yesterday after a short illness.

The Perth Scorchers will wear black arm bands as a show of respect in their Rebel Women's Big Bash League matches against the Sydney Thunder on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January at Lilac Hill.

The former England captain fundamentally changed the game in regards to female participation.

As outlined by UK news outlet The Telegraph: "she was the first in her field in so many ways: the first woman to hit a six in a Test match; the creator of the first women’s World Cup in 1973 (two years ahead of the inaugural men’s tournament); the England captain in 1976, against Australia, when women were first allowed to play at Lord’s; the first woman to be elected to the full MCC committee, almost as great an honour as being appointed to the other Lords – the House of – as a working peer in 2010."

Heyhoe Flint also represented England in hockey as its goalkeeper and later became a director at soccer club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

She was responsible for pursuading a traditionalist MCC to accept female Members and was in 1999 among the first 10 female Members.

Please visit The Telegraph for a comprehensive tribute to Heyhoe Flint.