On Monday 16th March 1999 the most famous cricket club in the world made ten eminent women Honorary Life Members; Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground and the guardian of the Laws of Cricket, had voted to allow women to join.
Former England captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint and Sheila Hill - who umpired the first women’s World Cup Final - were brought into the fold.
Like men who want to become members of MCC, women have to apply to join the 23-year-long waiting list.
Becoming a Playing Member of the Club is a fast-track to membership - women can become Members after playing nine games in three years if they prove themselves to have the right attitude and skills to promote MCC in the matches they play.
Members have a duty not just to promote competitive and enjoyable cricket, but also to uphold the Spirit of Cricket during games.
MCC Women played their first game in May 1999 against a Surrey under-21 side and Wendy Watson celebrated the historic day by scoring a century. Since then MCC’s playing ‘squad’ has grown, with more than 100 playing in 2014.
A number of the current England Women team are Members of MCC including captain Charlotte Edwards - who also sits on the Club's World Cricket committee.
Women's teams tour every other year and have previously visited Sri Lanka, the Channel Islands, Luxembourg, Trinidad & Tobago and the Netherlands.