Cricket Australia on Monday paid tribute to former girls’s cricketer Lorna Beal, who handed away aged 96. Beal was born in Hawthorn, Melbourne in 1923 as Lorna Larter.
A right-handed batter and wicket-keeper, Beal took up cricket on the age of 12 earlier than becoming a member of the South Hawthorn Girls Cricket Membership. It was throughout this time that she was chosen to open the batting for Victoria and Australia.
“Our ideas are with Lorna’s household, in addition to all the chums she made all through her profession,” CA CEO Nick Hockley mentioned in an announcement.
“There isn’t any doubt Lorna confronted challenges that as we speak’s gamers might by no means dream of, together with spending six weeks at sea to get to England to play the sport she cherished.
“It is pioneers like Lorna who paved the best way for future generations and have made the sport what it’s as we speak.
“The most effective within the enterprise behind the stumps, we pay our respects to Lorna and acknowledge the legacy she has left on the sport of cricket,” he added.
Beal made her Australian debut in opposition to New Zealand in 1948 within the first girls’s Check match between the 2 international locations. She went on to play an extra six Assessments for Australia, together with her remaining match throughout Australia’s 1951 tour of England.