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Eileen Ash

Eileen Ash, 107, honoured with portrait at Lord's

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Former England Women cricketer Eileen Ash, who is the oldest living international cricketer – male or female – was honoured with a large portrait of herself at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Saturday, 17 August.

Ash, a specialist bowler, represented England in seven Tests between 1937 and 1949, taking ten wickets, with best innings figures of 3/35. 

"It's marvellous," said Ash, after her portrait was unveiled during the fourth day of the ongoing second Ashes Test. "I think it's absolutely brilliant and I feel 200 years old." 

In July 2017, Ash, then aged 105, rang the bell at Lord's to signal the start of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup. She also passed her driving test at that age, and keeps herself fit by practicing yoga. 

Last year, Ash caught up with England's World Cup-winning captain Heather Knight for a yoga session and shared her cricketing memories. The 107-year-old is also an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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