Former England player Megan Lowe dies aged 101

Wednesday 17th May 2017


Former England player Megan Lowe dies aged 101

Former England international cricketer Megan Lowe has died at her home in Canterbury this week at the age of 101.

The highlight of her career was touring Australia and New Zealand with England, playing four of the first Women’s Test matches in 1948-49.

Ms Lowe took four wickets in four Tests and recently received her England cap following the Lord’s Centenary Dinner a few months ago.

Kent head coach Lydia Greenway met the former seamer to wish her a happy 99th birthday and shared stories about their England days.

Greenway said: “It is with great sadness to hear about the passing of Megan. I feel absolutely honoured and privileged to have met her and hear stories from when she was playing for England. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

The retired teacher received a card from The Queen and gifts including a signed England cricket shirt and signed Kent bat to mark the occasion from Kent bowler Megan Belt at her 100th birthday celebrations (pictured above).

Belt said: “She was a true inspiration to all women in cricket. It was an honour to present a signed bat and shirt for her 100th birthday and hear her stories about playing for England and the six-week journey to play in Australia and New Zealand.”

Born in Leicestershire in 1915, Lowe took 6/39 for the Women’s Cricket Association in the earliest recorded match of her 20-year playing career, aged just 14.

She went on to play for several invitational teams and regional cricket for London and the Home Counties either the side of the war before appearing for Kent and Middlesex.

Megan’s funeral is planned at Barham Crematorium on Tuesday 30 May at 4.40pm.