The world’s oldest living international cricketer, Eileen Ash, turns 110 years old today.
Ash, who was born in Islington, played for Middlesex in 1949 – having previously played for South Women, Home Counties Women and The Rest.
Following her debut for England against Australia in June 1937, Ash played in a further six Test matches before finishing her international career with 10 wickets at an average of 23.
Another interesting fact about Ash is that during and after the Second World War, she was an MI6 officer.
Ash is one of only 25 first-class centenarians and was born in the same year as the only other that played Test Cricket – Norman Gordon of South Africa (who died in 2014).
In recent years, she passed her driving test aged 105 and flew in a Tiger Moth at 106.
Everyone at Middlesex Cricket wishes Eileen a very happy birthday.