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Heyhoe Flint first woman in hall of fame Published: 06 October 2010

Rachael Heyhoe Flint became first female inductee to the ICC Hall of Fame at the LG ICC Awards in Bangalore.

Heyhoe Flint was one of the first ten women to become Full Members of MCC in 1999 and became the first to be elected to the MCC Committee in 2004.

Runs and records

The 71-year-old is one of the most famous women cricketers to have played for England. She represented her country in 22 Test Matches and 23 One Day Internationals between 1960 and 1982.

Heyhoe Flint also famously captained England to victory in the inaugural World Cup in 1973 and was the first woman to hit a six in a Test match, against Australia at The Oval in 1963.

Arguably her finest hour came against the same opposition on the same ground in 1976, when she batted for more than eight hours to make 179 and secure a series draw.

At the time of her retirement she held the record for the most Test runs scored in women's cricket.

Retirement and MCC involvement

Since her international retirement in 1982, Heyhoe Flint has remained extremely well known and influential in the womens' game.

She was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1972 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008.

She became one of the first women to be granted Honorary Membership of MCC, becoming a Honorary Life Member in 1999.

She also spent many years as a Director of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

ICC Hall of fame

Heyhoe Flint joins 58 male cricketers in the ICC Hall of Fame which was inaugurated last year.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat honoured her achievement, saying: "I congratulate all four inductees but I would particularly like to acknowledge Rachael Heyhoe Flint for becoming the first female cricketer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame."

Being inducted alongside her in Bangalore are former West Indian greats Courtney Walsh (who sits on the MCC World Cricket Committee) and Joel Garner.

Late former England batsman Ken Barrington will join the elite group in a ceremony in the UK next year.


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