Current WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews, Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury and Perth Scorchers WBBL coach Lisa Keightley, WACA Board Members and Perth Scorchers assistant coach Zoe Goss, along with Peta Verco and Debbie Callcott received the acknowledgement alongside 32 other female cricketers during the ICC Women’s World Cup this year.
MCC President Matthew Fleming said: “Never before has MCC awarded so many Honorary Life Memberships at one time, and I am delighted that we are able to do so now in recognition of 37 exceptional cricketing careers.”
Ms Matthews remains Australia’s most capped female Test player, with a playing career spanning more than a decade with an unsurpassed 20 Tests for Australia.
Keightley is preparing to enter her third season as head coach of the Fury and WBBL Scorchers, having previously set a benchmark as the national side’s (Southern Stars) first female coach.
Keightley also holds the acclaim of notching the first century by a female player at Lord's in 1998.
Former Fury skipper Goss was one of the best all-rounders to play the game, with an international career that spanned 13 years, four World Cups, and 12 Tests.
Hailing from the Wheatbelt town of Moora, batting all-rounder Peta Verco (nee Cook) played for Australia from 1977 until 1985, scoring a century in the 1984 Test against India.
Fast bowler Debbie Callcott (nee Wilson) played for Western Australia, New South Wales and Australia and represented her country in 11 Tests between 1984 and 1991, taking the dominant figures of 5-27 in the 1990 New Zealand Test.
The remainder of the players elected to Life Status spanned the countries of England, Australia, India, New Zealand and Ireland.
The list of Honorary Life Membership at the MCC includes many of the world’s finest cricketers, as well as men and women who have been associated with the game as officials and administrators.