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October 21, 2013
Former Australia women's player Marie McDonough died on Friday aged 95. McDonough was the second woman from Western Australia to represent Australia in Tests.
The former left-arm allrounder, who was born in 1917, featured in the fourth Ashes Test in 1958 on her home ground, but she did not get a chance to bat or bowl in the drawn match. However, she is remembered for her catch at silly mid-on to dismiss Wilkie Wilkinson off Betty Wilson in the first innings.
McDonough's selection for the national team came after a strong domestic performance in the previous season in which she scored a hundred for Subiaco. She represented Western Australia for six years 1951-52 onwards, leading the state in three of those: 1952-53, 1954-55 and 1957-58.
She was retrospectively presented her baggy green in 2005 by current Cricket Australia chairman and former WACA life member Wally Edwards.
"I was honoured to present Marie with her baggy green at the WACA in 2005," Edwards said. "She was a great contributor to women's cricket in Western Australia.
"Marie was a role model for young girls and women aspiring to play cricket at the elite level. She was a dedicated cricketer who balanced her passion for the game with her profession as a school teacher."
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