Vale Lorna Beal (née Larter)

12 August, 2020

The ACA is deeply saddened by the passing of Lorna Beal (née Larter), a true pioneer of the women's game, who left us aged 96.

The Victorian wicket keeper played seven Test matches for her country, making her debut against New Zealand in 1948, opening the batting in what was the first women's Test match between the two nations.

In 1951, she made the six-week journey to England via boat and would retire following that tour with seven catches and nine stumpings over her career.

Beal scored around 2,000 runs for Hawthorn Ladies Cricket Club between 1938/39 and 1950/51.

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