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Eileen Ash
Eileen Ash
Ash on her 108th birthday in 2019
Birth: 30 October 1911
Highbury, London, England, UK
Death: 3 December 2021
Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Age: 110 years, 34 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Eileen May Ash (née Whelan; 30 October 1911 – 3 December 2021) was an English supercentenarian and former cricketer who played seven Test matches for England between 1937 and 1949. She was the oldest living international cricketer and was the oldest living person in the county of Norfolk. Her age is currently unvalidated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Eileen Ash was born in Highbury, London, England, UK on 30 October 1911.


She played Test cricket both before and after the Second World War, making her debut against Australia at Northampton in June 1937 and playing her last game against New Zealand in Auckland in March 1949. A specialist bowler, she took 10 Test wickets at 23 runs apiece. Whelan also played representative cricket for the Civil Service, Middlesex and South of England.

Outside of playing cricket, Ash was employed by the Civil Service from the age of 18. She was seconded to MI6 during World War II, and went on to work with the organisation for eleven years. Ash and her husband eventually retired to Norwich. She took up golf in later life, only quitting at the age of 98.

In 2011, Ash became the first female test cricketer to live to 100 years old. She was made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club to mark the occasion.

In July 2017, aged 105, Ash rang the bell at Lord's to signal the start of play at the 2017 Women's World Cup Final, which England won. She passed her driving test at the age of 105, a feat covered on the ITV reality show 100-Year-Old Driving School. To mark her 106th birthday, she was taken for a flight in a Tiger Moth. In November 2018, she opened a sports hall named in her honour at The Hewett Academy in Norwich.

On 22 December 2020 at the age 109, she received her first dose of the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine, making her one of oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. On 12 January 2021, she is due to receive her second dose.

In October 2021, she celebrated her 110th birthday.

Eileen Ash died in Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK on 3 December 2021 at the age of 110 years, 34 days.