Vale Eileen Uebergang (née Massey)

Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria have paid tribute to former Australian and Victorian cricketer Eileen Uebergang (née Massey), who has passed away aged 83.

Uebergang was born in Albany, Western Australia in 1935, as Eileen Massey.

Following World War II her family moved to Melbourne where she played cricket for Collingwood and later Victoria.

The right-handed all-rounder made her Test debut against New Zealand in Adelaide, in January 1957, taking two wickets and contributing 32 with the bat in a match that Australia won by an innings.

Uebergang went on to play a further three Tests, with her second match taking place at St Kilda, in Melbourne.

The drawn match is most well known as the Test in which Victorian Betty Wilson became the first player in history to achieve a ten-wicket haul and century in the same match.

Cricket Australia CEO, Kevin Roberts, said:

“Our thoughts are with Eileen’s family at this time, and all the friends she made throughout her time in cricket,” Mr Roberts said.

“A pioneer of the women’s game, Eileen’s efforts and passion are especially notable in the absence of support that the players of today have, including gender pay equity.

“Among her many achievements, Eileen captained her club Collingwood to four consecutive premierships. We pay our respects to Eileen and acknowledge her involvement in all levels of the game.”

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