At last night’s 156th Middlesex Cricket Annual General Meeting, held as a virtual meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, retired Middlesex Women’s and England Women’s cricketer, Beth Morgan, was announced as an honorary Life Vice-President of the club - the first female to be bestowed the honour.
Morgan, who played 187 limited overs and T20 games for Middlesex Women, is the club’s most capped female player and the only player in the Women’s game to feature in every season of the Women’s One-Day County Championship. In all, she amassed over 4,000 runs for Middlesex Women and took 97 wickets across both competitive formats in a domestic playing career that spanned 24 years.
Internationally, few have achieved as much as Morgan in the game, playing seven Tests, 72 One Day Internationals and 28 T20 Internationals for England. She finished her international career in 2013 having tasted success in both the ICC Women’s World Cup and the ICC Women’s World T20 in 2009 and having featured in two Ashes winning Test series against Australia, in 2005 and 2008 and in the side which retained the Ashes in 2009.
Speaking of Beth Morgan being named as an Honorary Vice-President of the club, Mike Selvey, Middlesex President, commented:
“As club President I am doubly delighted with this recognition for Beth, the first female to be accorded this significant honour. Her record as a great cricketer and ambassador for Middlesex and England is beyond question and first and foremost this status reflects that.
“On a personal note, on a June evening at the Oval eleven years ago Beth, together with Claire Taylor, put on a dazzling match winning partnership to beat Australia in the World T20 semi-final, and open this hitherto sceptic's eyes to the potential of women's cricket.”
Beth Morgan herself commented:
“It’s an amazing honour to be invited to be an Honorary Life Vice President and I am hugely grateful to everyone at the club.
“It has been an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to be involved with Middlesex Cricket for so many years and huge credit has to go to all the Women’s players and staff, past and present, who have done so much to help get Women’s cricket in Middlesex to the exciting place it is in today.”