Eileen Whelan

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Eileen Ash
Personal information
Full name Eileen Ash (nee Whelan)
Born (1911-10-30) 30 October 1911 (age 105)
Highbury, London, England
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 18) 12 June 1937 v Australia
Last Test 29 March 1949 v New Zealand
Career statistics
Competition Test cricket
Matches 7
Runs scored 38
Batting average 4.75
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 10
Balls bowled 594
Wickets 10
Bowling average 23.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/68
Catches/stumpings 3/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 November 2011

Eileen Ash (née Whelan)[1] (born 30 October 1911) is an English former women's cricketer who played seven Test matches for England Women between 1937 and 1949.[2] She thus played Test cricket both before and after the Second World War, making her debut against Australia at Northampton in June 1937 and playing her last game against New Zealand in Auckland in March 1949. A specialist bowler, she took 10 Test wickets at 23 apiece. She also played representative cricket for Civil Service Women, Middlesex Women and South Women.

In 2011, she became the first female Test cricketer to live to 100 years old. Writing for the BBC in February 2017, Heather Knight the captain of the England women's cricket team said,

"I had the absolute privilege of meeting Eileen Ash, the oldest living Test cricketer (male or female) for some filming before I left for Australia, and she is easily one of the most extraordinary ladies I've ever met. She's 105, does yoga every week and I've met teenagers who have a lot less energy than she does! It was amazing to hear some of her experiences of playing cricket for England, especially the boat trips they used to have to take to play in Australia, and she also took me through her yoga routine. My pride, and a number of my muscle groups, are still in tatters after being put to shame by a 105-year-old."[3]