For those of us young enough to remember, Julia Price ex Australian Ladies wicket keeper who played for the club 2 XI has been made an Honorary Life member of the MCC

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All female list of 37 elected Honorary Life Members Published: 19 July 2017

Isa Guha was welcomed to the Club by fellow Member Charlotte Edwards

Isa Guha was welcomed to the Club by fellow Member Charlotte Edwards

As the ICC Women’s World Cup approaches its climax at Lord’s, MCC has announced that 37 former women cricketers, whose careers spanned between 1954 and 2016, have accepted the Club’s offer of Honorary Life Membership.

The list of Honorary Life Members of MCC includes many of the world’s finest cricketers, as well as men and women who have been associated with the game as officials and administrators.

The women who have recently been elected are from England, Australia, India, New Zealand and Ireland.

MCC President Matthew Fleming said: “Never before has MCC awarded so many Honorary Life Memberships at one time, and I am delighted that we are able to do so now in recognition of 37 exceptional cricketing careers.

“MCC’s relationship with women’s cricket has been brought sharply into focus with Lord’s hosting the ICC Women’s World Cup Final in the same year as the sad passing of one of the first female Honorary Life Members of the Club, Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

“Rachael made a colossal contribution to MCC and women’s cricket, and was instrumental in organising the first-ever cricket Women’s World Cup in 1973, which predates the men’s competition by two years.”

Lydia Greenway and Isa Guha are two of the more recent cricketers to have played for England.

It’s an incredible privilege to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC

Greenway, who announced her retirement from the game in June last year after a 13-year career with England, was part of four Ashes-winning teams, and Guha recently became the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.

She retired from international cricket in 2012, having played a part in England’s victories in 2009 at the World Cup and the World T20, as well as in two Ashes-winning series.

Isa Guha said: “It’s an incredible privilege to be awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC.

“Of course, it would not be possible without the late Baroness Heyhoe Flint, who campaigned for women to become Members of this prestigious club. I would like to thank her and the many others who have welcomed women into MCC.”

When the ICC Women’s World Cup Final is held at Lord’s on Sunday 23 July, England will be hoping to be recreate their famous victory of 1993, when the tournament was last held on English soil.

Karen Smithies, who captained England to that title, is also one of the newly-elected Honorary Life Members and Jan Brittin, an Honorary Life Member of MCC since 2000, was the tournament’s leading run-scorer.

New Zealand were the beaten finalists and three of their team – Catherine Campbell, Emily Drumm and Maia Lewis – are listed amongst the new Honorary Life Members.

The full list of the 37 newly-elected Honorary Life Members is as follows:

Name Country
Miss S. Agrawal India
Mrs. D.A. Anderson (née Annetts) Australia
Miss G. Banerjee India
Mrs. D.L. Callcott (née Wilson) Australia
Miss C.A. Campbell New Zealand
Miss E.C Drumm New Zealand
Miss D.F. Edulji India
Miss C.L. Fitzpatrick Australia
Miss Z.J. Goss Australia
Miss M.E. Grealey Ireland
Miss L.S. Greenway England
Miss I.T. Guha England
Miss S. Gupta India
Miss L.M Keightley Australia
Miss J. Kennare Australia
Miss S. Kulkarni india
Miss L.A. Larsen Australia
Miss M.A.M. Lewis New Zealand
Miss J. Lord New Zealand
Mrs. C. Matthews (née White)  Australia
Miss G.E. McConway England
Miss P.F. McKelvey New Zealand
Ms L.K. Macleod England
Miss J.C. Price Australia
Miss S. Rangaswamy India
Mrs. B.J. Robertson (née Haggett)  Australia
Miss R.J. Rolls New Zealand
Miss K.L. Rolton Australia
Miss J.M. Saulbrey New Zealand
Mrs. E.A. Savory (née Sanders) England
Miss S. Shah India
Mrs. K. Smithies (née Hicken) England
Miss A.M. Starling England
Miss R.H. Thompson Australia
Miss S.A. Tredrea Australia
Mrs P. Verco (née Cook) Australia
Miss A.L. Watkins New Zealand