Former English International Cricketer and spy Eileen Ash turns 108!

Eileen Ash being the oldest International cricketer alive is no less than an inspiration, she reveals the secret to living is liking people, laughter and breathing the clean Norwich air. She is a former English cricketer who made her Test debut in 1937 vs Australia and has featured in 9 tests. Being a specialist bowler, she took 10 Test wickets at 23 runs apiece. Ash has also played representative cricket for the Civil Service, Middlesex, and South of England.

Eileen Ash, with the bat signed for her by Sir Don Bradman. Photo: Bill Smith

Like a superwoman, she has achieved it all and probably can do whatever she wants. She is a former spy- an MI6 agent and loves sports including Martial arts. She has been playing cricket since the start, from the time when females used to wear skirts on-field during the game. She has been tirelessly sporting her life from picking up golf after retirement to doing yoga every day and driving her yellow minivan, it’s like old is the new young for her. Ash passed her driving test when she was 105 years old and this event of her life was even televised on “100-year old driving school”.

In July 2017, Ash, who was then 105 years old had rung the bell at Lord’s to signal the start of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. She has also celebrated having a sports hall named after her by shooting some basketball hoops. Eileen on her last birthday officially opened the £2m facility at The Hewett Academy in Norwich. Recently she was honoured with a large portrait of herself that was hung at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. “It’s marvelous,” said Ash, after her portrait was unveiled during the fourth day of the second Ashes Test. “I think it’s absolutely brilliant and I feel 200 years old.”- in a conversation with news18. She is also an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

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