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England Women's Cricket Eleven

Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

Sport 1971 7 mins

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Anglia TV report on a Sunday afternoon from a cricket match in Hull, where the England Women’s Cricket Eleven take on the men’s Fenner’s Eleven, a local amateur league side. The reporter’s main topic of interview focusses on women in sport, asking “is cricket really a man’s game?” Of course, England captain, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, doesn’t think so, giving a solid argument as to why women should have a respected place in the world of cricket.

We also hear from team players Lynne Thomas, who became the first woman to score a century in one day international cricket, the Australian cricketer in the England team Dawn Newman, and also Lesley Clifford. England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint received an MBE in 1972 for services to women's cricket. The England Women’s versus Fenner’s Eleven match takes place at Fenner Cricket Club’s Marfleet Lane ground. Hull’s Fenner Cricket Club folded in 2015 following the resignation of several senior players.