Honorary MCC Member and elected Committee Member, Rachael Heyhoe Flint has been appointed to the House of Lords.
In a Downing Street announcement made this morning, Mrs Heyhoe Flint was named as one of 53 people appointed as new Working Peers.
The former England women's captain was first elected to the MCC Committee in 2004. She was also the first woman to hit a six in Test match cricket, the first captain of a women's side to play at Lord's, one of the first women Members of MCC and one of the first female MCC Honorary Life Members (in 1999).
The former England number three was appointed MBE in 1972 and received an OBE in 2007 for her services to cricket and her work with the Lord's Taverners charity - of which she has been President since 2001.
Earlier this year she was inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame - again the first woman to receive this recognition.
Speaking about her latest honour, Rachael Heyhoe Flint said:
"I was completely taken by surprise when I took the call from the Prime Minister in September.
"Obviously I am really thrilled at my appointment but still very humbled at the thought of joining such an historic institution.
"My background in sport, journalism, charity and community work will I hope stand me in good stead, and I hope I can make a positive contribution as a working peer. I will certainly look forward to the commute from one Lord’s to another Lords!"
Rachael Heyhoe Flint will be introduced to the House of Lords towards the end of the current parliamentary session or early in the New Year.