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June 24, 2006
Netta Rheinberg, the writer and administrator, has died aged 94. She played a distinctive role in advancing women's cricket for more than 50 years, first as a player, but then - perhaps more crucially - behind the scenes.
Her sole Test for England came in the 1948-49 tour, where she was player/manager, but she made a pair at Adelaide. Off the field she worked tirelessly for the cause, in the days when women's cricket was an amateur sport, and was secretary of the Women's Cricket Association in 1945, and for a decade from 1948.
She wrote a regular column on women's cricket for The Cricketer magazine, and also wrote a book on the history of the game, Fair Play: The Story of Women's Cricket, with Rachael Heyhoe-Flint. Her dedication to the game was recognised and honoured in 2001 when she became one of the first ten women to be made honorary members of the MCC.
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