Sheila Hill: 1928-2022

Saturday 5th March 2022

Sheila Hill: 1928-2022

Kent Cricket is saddened to learn of the passing of Sheila Hill, a former Kent cricketer and pioneer of women’s cricket, at the age of 95.

Born in Middlesex, Hill made 30 appearances across Kent Women’s First & Second XIs between 1954 & 1971 as a wicketkeeper-batter, who also bowled on occasion. She also featured for Kent Nomads and Kent Club Women in a long career in the game.

Upon retirement from playing, she became an umpire, standing in the first ever Women’s World Cup Final, England vs. Australia at Edgbaston in 1973.

Alongside umpiring in fourteen women’s international matches, Hill played a pivotal role in the formation of the Women’s Cricket Southern League, as well as giving her expertise to aspiring female cricketers across the country.

For her decades of dedicated work in women’s cricket, she was awarded an MBE in 2011.

The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with Sheila’s friends and family at this sad time.