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A different kind of Lord's centurion Published: 06 July 2012

Lord's TV had the privilege of meeting 100-year-old Eileen Whelan Ash - former England cricketer and recent MCC Honorary Life Member.

Whelan Ash played seven Tests for England either side of the Second World War, with the first in 1937 and the last 12 years later in 1949.

She was a guest of MCC at Lord's for England Women's match against India at Lord's, and Lord's TV caught up with her and another MCC Honorary Life Member and ex-England player, Claire Taylor.

Watch: Eileen Whelan Ash and Claire Taylor



The pair discussed the changes in women's cricket since Whelan Ash was in action for England, Civil Service Women, England South and Middlesex, including the changes in clothing.

Taylor, a vigorous playing Member of the Club for many years, retired from international cricket last summer after a stunning career, which included winning both the ICC World T20 and ICC World Cup in 2009. She hit the winning runs in the T20 final at Lord's.

Alongside Charlotte Edwards, who recently become the first woman to join the MCC World Cricket committee, Taylor was officially made a Honorary Life Member by MCC President Phillip Hodson during the day.

MCC has become a huge supporter of women's cricket since female Members were first admitted in 1999. The MCC Women's Young Cricketers scheme provides a large proportion of the England women squad who have become the best in the world in ODI and T20 formats.

The scheme is the only of its type in the world where women are paid to play cricket on a full time basis. MCC aslo plays a large number of Women's cricket outmatches during the summer, and will tour the Netherlands this summer.


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