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THE WOMEN'S CRICKET ASSOCIATION (WCA) - 1926-1998

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founding of the Women's Cricket Association
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Cricket Week at Colwall, Malvern - 40 members took part
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WCA. Representative match. London & District v Rest of England, played at Beckenham
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issue of "Women's Cricket" magazine edited by Marjorie Pollard - circulation over 500
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Constitution and Rules introduced
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County Associations formed (Durham and Lancashire)
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County match, Durham v Lancashire & Cheshire at Castle Eden
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Selection Committee appointed to select players for Representative matches
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time in the history of the WCA. that a County Ground (Worcestershire) used for the first two-day Representative match between an English XI and a Scottish XI
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century in a recognised game (W.C.A. v Liverpool P.T.C) at Aigburgh - 106 made by Miss M. Bryant
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England v The Rest match held at Leicester
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introduction of Districts and affiliated Reports
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England Women's Touring Team ever selected to go to Australia & New Zealand
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use of Old Trafford ground for a trial match - England v The Rest
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England Captain appointed - Betty Archdale
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ever women's Test match - Brisbane, Australia
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run ever scored in a women's Test Match by H. Pritchard (Australia)
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player to hit six in Australia - Betty Archdale
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Test century achieved by a woman - Myrtle Maclagan - 119, Sydney, Australia
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tour of New Zealand by an English team
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use of The Kennington Oval for a women's match - England v Rest of England
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women Umpires stand at The Oval - Miss C.A. Partridge and Miss K. Doman
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tour of a Club team abroad - Comp C.C. to Holland
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women's Test match in England v Australia, played at Northampton - England Captain: Molly Hide - Australia Captain: Margaret Peden
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visit of Dutch women's team to England - the first time the Dutch had played on grass
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appearance of women's cricket in Wisden
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two Sisters to play for England in the same Test - Misses J. and M.E. Haddesley
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film made of women's cricket
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chapter of WCA. finishes - second now beginning (Second World War)
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official Handbook of the WCA
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Test century scored against England by Betty Wilson (Australia) Adelaide
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time any woman sat in Committee at Lord's - Miss A. Bull and Miss M. Hide represented the WCA on the M.C.C. Cricket Enquiry Committee for the youth of the country
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WCA badge
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Four Sub-Committees set up: Coaching - Umpires & Scorers - Press & Publicity - Tour
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time 8 grounds used at Cricket Week for 25th Jubilee Year - The Village, The Downs, The Elms, Malvern College, Eastnor, Ledbury, Dymock and Much Marcle
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visit of an English team to Holland (WCA Team)
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visit of a New Zealand touring team to England - New flag

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hat-trick in women's Test cricket - Betty Wilson (Australia) in the match v England at Melbourne - taken off last 3 balls in a spell of 7-7 in 10.5 overs
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inaugural meeting of the International Women's Cricket Council at Melbourne
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visit of an English women's touring team to South Africa, Captained by Helen Sharpe
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WCA holders of MCC Advanced Coaching Certificate - The Misses Mary Duggan and Ruth Westbrook
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Exhibition confined solely to women's cricket staged at Qantas Gallery, London - an Exhibition of Women's Cricketana - organised by Miss N. Rheinberg and Miss M. Hide
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Test century scored against Australia at The Oval - Mary Duggan 101 not out
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six hit in a Test Match by a woman - Rachael Heyhoe, The Oval, 37 in 33 minutes
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Young England team ever selected to play New Zealand at Finchley C.C., London
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National Single Wicket Competition staged by Vagabonds W.C.C.
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use of 8-ball over in women's Test cricket - Australia
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England series in Australia
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Test century for Enid Bakewell (England) in her first Test appearance v Australia - 113
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National Junior Six-a-Side Tournament held
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time an England squad (either men or women) travelled by air overseas (Qantas)
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New Zealand player to score a Test century against England - Patricia McKelvey - 155 not out - Wellington
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Annual General Meeting of the WCA held at Lord's
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Junior Representative match played at Beddington Park, Surrey - North of England v South of England
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official tour to West Indies - Bermuda and the Bahamas by an English team
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Triangular tournament between England, Jamaica and Trinidad for the Jack Hayward Trophy in the West Indies
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time the MBE was awarded for "services to women's cricket" to Rachael Heyhoe Flint
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Junior England XI selected to play Young England in Birmingham
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permanent WCA Headquarters office set up in Mill Hill, North London
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appointment of a full-time Women's Cricket Association employee - National Development Officer, Miss E..A. Sanders
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World Cup Cricket Competition staged in England by the WCA, sponsored by Jack Hayward (first Men's World Cup 1975)
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holders of the World Cup - England. Cup presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne
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Patron of the WCA - Mr. Jack Hayward, O.B.E.
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National Inter-Club Knockout Competition staged - won by Edgbaston Ladies' Cricket Club
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women's match at Lord's - England v Australia as part of Golden Jubilee celebrations
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official visit to England by West Indies - England player took 10 wickets and score 100 runs in the same match - Enid Bakewell
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Young England tour to India
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Centre of Excellence for women's cricket at Bedford, financed by Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) (Senior Coach & Co-ordinator – Mollie Buckland)
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Senior Area Championships - won by Middlesex
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first time England played 4-day Tests in Jubilee Tour to Australia
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Indoor County 8-a-Side Tournament introduced
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National Club League introduced
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Physiotherapist appointed in line with other countries
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official appointment of an England Squad Coach - Ruth Prideaux
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European Cup held in Denmark - won by England 'A'
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woman Chairman of Association of Cricket Umpires - Sheila Hil
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time players received financial grant from outside source The Foundation for Sports and the Arts (England Tour to New Zealand)
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first five-day Test match v Australia (Sydney)
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World Cup Final held at Lord's
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salaried WCA Executive Director appointed
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under 17 Territorial Tournament
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Development Programme introduced
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international debut of under 21 squad
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negotiations started with ECB regarding The Merger
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After 72 years of controlling Women's Cricket and in the interests of further development of the women's game, it was agreed to transfer this control from The Women's Cricket Association to the ECB. Further details of this merger are available via the navigation link


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