LONDON: England women’s cricket great Rachel Hughes Flint is set to have a gate at the cricket house Lord’s, named after her on Wednesday.
A statement from the ground owners Marylebone Cricket Club on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the first Women’s One Day International held at Lord’s, in which Hugh Flint took England Women to the main ground in northwest London for the first time. ۔ , Will face Australia Women on August 4, 1976.
Hugh Flint was the driving force behind the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973, which saw England win the title two years before the first match of the men’s draw.
She was also instrumental in the MCC’s decision to admit female members for the first time in 1998.
By renaming Northgate, Hugh Flint Gate, the MCC has ensured that she will become the first woman to be named Lord’s.
This means that Hugo Flint, who died in 2017 at the age of 77, has been given a similar honor to WG Grace, a prominent 19th-century player in the game at the Grace Gates Lord’s main entrance and Named after the pioneer.
The new doors will be launched and will be unveiled later in the summer of 2022, including the permanent memorial to Hugh Flint.
“We wanted to acknowledge not only Rachel Hughes Flint’s sporting career but also its lasting impact on her game,” said Guy Lavender, MCC secretary and chief executive.
“Women’s access to playing and watching cricket at Lord’s, and to get more involved in the game, has come a long way, and we see the important role of Rachel Hughes Flint in opening new doors for a permanent monument at Lord’s. Acknowledging. “
Rachel’s son, Ben Heho Flint, added: “When the vote to allow women to become members was passed in 1998, I ran away with my mother, overjoyed, out of Lord’s Turin for an interview at Grace Gate. ۔
“It feels like a beautiful balance that is now remembered through its doors.”
In May, the MCC denied a newspaper report that its plan to erect a permanent memorial to Hugo Flint had sparked a “revolt”.
Claire Connor, formerly England England women’s cricket captain, will become the first female president in MCC’s 234-year history later this year.