Former England Test cricketer and MI6 Spy

Eileen Ash


Eileen Ash, the longest-living female cricketer, played during World War II. Born in London, she even rang the bell before the 2017 Women's World Cup final.

World War II

Surprisingly, amidst the war chaos, Eileen, a British cricketer, joined MI6 at 18 and worked for almost 11 years.

Remarkable Career

Eileen played seven Test matches for England, taking 23 wickets with an average of 23. In 1937, she debuted against Australia.

International Record

Her best performance came in 1949 against Victoria Country Eleven, scoring a century and taking five wickets.

Meeting Don Bradman

In 1949, Eileen met Australian cricketer Don Bradman in a Sydney restaurant, creating a memorable moment.

She rang the bell at Lord’s ahead of England Women’s victory in the 2017 World Cup final. She was also honoured with a portrait at Lord’s and honorary life membership of the MCC.


Legacy and Fond Memories

Eileen Ash passed away in 2021 at the age of 110, leaving behind a legacy of extraordinary achievements and fond memories for cricket enthusiasts.