Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe Flint

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Heyhoe Flint
Personal information
Full name Rachael Heyhoe Flint
Born (1939-06-11) 11 June 1939 (age 77)
Wolverhampton, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg spin
Role Batswoman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 51) 2 December 1960 v South Africa
Last Test 1 July 1979 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 4) 23 June 1973 v International XI
Last ODI 7 February 1982 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1980 – 1982 West Midlands Women
Career statistics
Competition WTests WODI
Matches 22 23
Runs scored 1594 643
Batting average 45.54 58.45
100s/50s 3/10 1/4
Top score 179 114
Balls bowled 402 18
Wickets 3 1
Bowling average 68.00 20.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/3 1/13
Catches/stumpings 13/– 6/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 December 2007

Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe Flint, OBE, DL (born 11 June 1939) is a former English female cricketer, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is most famous for being captain of England from 1966 to 1978, and was unbeaten in six Test series, while in total she played for the English women's cricket team from 1960 to 1982. She was captain when England won the inaugural Women's Cricket World Cup, held in England in 1973.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Heyhoe Flint was chiefly a batswoman. She played in 22 Women's Test cricket matches, with a batting average of 45.54 in 38 innings. She scored three Test centuries, including her highest score of 179, a world record when she scored it against Australia at the Oval in 1976, earning a draw to save the series by batting for more than 8½ hours. She was captain of the first England women's team to play at Lord's in the 1976 Women's Ashes series. She also hit the first six in a women's Test match in 1963, also at the Oval against Australia.[2] After being replaced as England captain in 1978, she played her last Test match in the 1979 series against West Indies, but went on to play in the 1982 Women's Cricket World Cup.[3]

Other Sport[edit]

Outside cricket, she played as goalkeeper for the England national field hockey team in 1964.

She was a single-figure handicap golfer and also represented West Midlands at squash

Post-cricket career[edit]

Since retiring from cricket, Heyhoe Flint has been a journalist, broadcaster - in 1973 she was appointed TV’s first woman sports presenter with ITV’s World of Sport - award-winning after-dinner speaker, businesswoman and board director. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1972,[4] and was one of the first ten women admitted to the MCC in 1999, as an honorary life member.

In 2004, she was the first woman elected to the full committee of the MCC and latterly became a Trustee. She was made a director of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. since 1997 but is now an ex officio Life Vice President.

She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West MIdlands in 1997 [5]

She was President of the Lady Taverners charity from 2001 to 2011.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[6][7]

In October 2010 she was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, the first woman to achieve this accolade.[8]

On 19 November 2010 it was announced that she was to be ennobled to sit in the House of Lords as a Conservative Party peer.[9] "I was completely taken by surprise when I took the call from the Prime Minister in September," Heyhoe Flint said. "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."[10] She was subsequently invested as a life peer on 21 January 2011 taking the title Baroness Heyhoe Flint, of Wolverhampton in the County of West Midlands.[11]


With Netta Rheinberg, she co-authored a history of women's cricket: Fair Play: The Story of Women's Cricket, Angus & Robertson, 1976, ISBN 978-0-207-95698-0.

She also wrote an instructional guide to field hockey called, Rachael Heyhoe Flint: Field Hockey with Barron's Sports Books in 1978.

She authored her biography Heyhoe in 1978, published by Pelham Books with a foreword from comedian and cricket-lover, Eric Morecambe.

Personal life[edit]

Heyhoe Flint was educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School. She is the wife of Derrick Flint (born 14 June 1924), who had a first-class cricket career comprising 10 matches for Warwickshire in 1948-49 playing as a leg-spin and googly bowler. Heyhoe Flint has a son named Ben Heyhoe Flint who also played cricket but emigrated to Singapore in 2001 where he runs businesses related to sports and entertainment. She is also step-mother to Derrick Flint's children: Simon, Hazel and Rowan Flint (1962). [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rachael Heyhoe Flint receives her OBE". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "A cricketer who changed the game". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Baroness Heyhoe Flint MBE DL". WomenSpeakers. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45678. p. 6268. 3 June 1972.
  5. ^ "DLs on Supplemental List". www.wmlieutenancy.org. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  6. ^ Radley and Heyhoe-Flint honoured, Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2007
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58557. p. 10. 29 December 2007.
  8. ^ BBC report on ICC awards, BBC. Retrieved 6 October 2010
  9. ^ [1], Downing Street, Downing Street Formal Announcement 19 November 2010
  10. ^ "Rachael Heyhoe-Flint appointed to House of Lords | Cricket News | Marylebone Cricket Club". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59681. p. 1261. 26 January 2011.
  12. ^ Rachael Heyhoe Flint; CricketArchive.com; accessed 20 March 2014.

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