LONDON: England ladies’s cricket nice Rachael Heyhoe Flint is to have a gate at Lord’s, the home of cricket, named after her it was introduced Wednesday.
A press release from floor house owners Marylebone Cricket Club, coincided with the 45th anniversary of the primary ladies’s One-Day International to be held at Lord’s, by which Heyhoe Flint led out England Women on to the primary floor on the northwest London venue for the primary time, to face Australia Women on August 4, 1976.
Heyhoe Flint was the driving power behind the inaugural ladies’s World Cup in 1973, main England to the title two years earlier than the equal males’s match was first performed.
She was additionally instrumental in MCC’s resolution to admit ladies members for the primary time in 1998.
By renaming the North Gate, the Heyhoe Flint Gate, MCC have ensured she turns into the primary lady to have a part of Lord’s named after her.
It means Heyhoe Flint, who died aged 77 in 2017, has been accorded the same honour to WG Grace, with the Grace Gates on the fundamental entrance to Lord’s named after the sport’s excellent 19th century participant and pioneer.
The new gates are set to be commissioned and later unveiled in summer season 2022, with a everlasting memorial to Heyhoe Flint included.
“We wanted to recognise not only Rachael Heyhoe Flint’s playing career, but also her enduring impact on the game,” stated MCC secretary and chief government Guy Lavender.
“Women’s access to play and watch cricket at Lord’s, and to participate in the game more widely, has come a long way and in commissioning new gates featuring a permanent memorial at Lord’s we are recognising Rachael Heyhoe Flint’s crucial role in this progression.”
Ben Heyhoe Flint, Rachael’s son, added: “When the vote was passed to allow women to become members in 1998, I ran with Mum, giddy with delight, out of Lord’s Tavern to the Grace Gate for a barrage of interviews.
“It looks like there is a pretty symmetry that she is now remembered with a gate of her personal.”
In May, MCC denied a newspaper report that its plan to install a permanent memorial to Heyhoe Flint had sparked a membership “revolt”.
Later this year Clare Connor, like Heyhoe Flint a former England women’s cricket captain, will become the first female president in MCC’s 234-year history