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English Cricket Legend Eileen Ash Dies at 110: 'a Truly Remarkable Woman'

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English Cricket Legend Eileen Ash Dead at 110
English Cricket Legend Eileen Ash Dead at 110

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Eileen Ash, an English cricket legend, has died. She was 110.

On Saturday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced her death in a social media statement.

"The thoughts of everyone at the ECB are with the family and loved ones of Eileen Ash, who has died aged 110," the organization wrote alongside a photograph of the sports star. A cause of death has not been revealed.

Ash, a right-arm seamer, previously made her Test debut against Australia in 1937, The Independent reported. She then made several other appearances for England before playing her last game against New Zealand in Auckland in March 1949.

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The supercentenarian celebrated her 110th birthday earlier this year in October. There, Ash revealed to the Norwich Evening News the secret to her long life: "Being happy and smiling a lot, red wine, and keeping fit with yoga!"

After news of her death was made public, many who knew Ash paid tribute to her with reflective messages, including ECB managing director of women's cricket, Clare Connor.

"Our sport owes so much to its pioneers and Eileen was one of them. I am deeply sad to be saying goodbye to her today," Connor told The Cricketer.

"[England captain] Heather [Knight] and I went to visit Eileen about six months before the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup — she was 105 at the time — and it was one of the most remarkable experiences," she continued. "Eileen taught Heather yoga, we played snooker, we drank cups of tea, and we leafed through newspapers and scrapbooks celebrating Eileen's time as a player in the 1930s and 1940s."

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with Eileen's family as they come to terms with losing such a wonderful woman and the end of an astonishing life," Connor added.

On Twitter, Connor also shared a photograph of herself, Knight, and Ash enjoying tea with one another. "A remarkable life lived by a truly remarkable woman. RIP Eileen," she wrote alongside the photo, adding a red heart emoji.

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