History Of Rachael Heyhoe Flint – Women crickter from England, was born on 11 June 1939 to Roma Crocker and Geoffrey Heyhoe in Wolverhampton who were teachers of physical education. She is not just a cricketer she is a businesswomen and Philanthropist too.
Heyhoe was a right handed batsman and a leg spin bowlEr. From 1960 to 1979, she played in 22 Women’s Test Cricket matches with a batting average of 45.54 in 38 innings. She scored 3 centuries in Test matches and made highest score of world record in 1976 against Australia making 179 not out. She played for more than 8½ hours and made the match draw to save the series. She was the captain for 12 long years from 1966 to 1978 for the England Women’s Cricket team. Unbelievable thing is that she never lost a match. Her first six was in a women’s test match in 1963 against Australia. In her captaincy, England Team won a tournament against Australia wherein she scored half – century on 28th July 1973. She played her last test match in 1979 against West Indies.
Heyhoe married Derrick Flint (born 14 June 1924) in November 1971. He was a also a first class crickter. Their son Ben (born 1982) is also a crickter and businessmen. Rachael Heyhoe died on 18 January 2017and was remembered during the memorian at 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. In order to honor her, in 2017, the International Cricket Council named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year accolade, as the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award.
Other than CRICKET:
Heyhoe is a multi talented women. She did not limit herself for cricket. She has many other interests too.
In 1964, she played for England National field hockey as a goal keeper and she was also a single figure handicap golfer. She had even played for squash and golf for Staffordshire.
She worked for Wolverhampton Wanderers from 1997 to 2003 as Board of directors and then became vice-president too.
She worked as a tutor of physical education from 1960 to 1964. She then worked as journalist on Wolverhampton. She even did free lancing wherein she wrote articles on sports on daily and basis and Sunday basis. She is even into broadcasting field where in she was appointed as appointed TV’s first woman sports presenter with ITV’s World of Sport. After retirement from cricket, she had been completely into journalism and broadcasting. She was selected as the best Afetr Dinner Speaker by the Guild of Professional Toastmasters. And lot more.