Clarissa Crawford Pilkington sadly dies

Mon, Feb 15, 2010 1:49 PM

Clarissa Crawford Pilkington a key figure in the development and progress of Irish Women's cricket has sadly died after a short illness.

As a player, Clarissa played cricket in each of her nine decades and as a Coach and Administrator was at the forefront of the development and progress of women's cricket. She founded Dublin University Women's team in 1946, was involved in the re-emergence of the Leinster Women's Cricket Union in 1976, the formation of Leinster Schoolgirls league in 1979 and the formation of the Irish Women's Cricket Union in 1982.

A Past President of the Leinster Women's Cricket Union and of the Irish Women's Cricket Union, Clarissa did more for women's cricket in Ireland than any other person. Clarissa was inducted into the Leinster Cricket Union Hall of Fame in 2006 and was presented with an ICC-Europe Lifetime Service Award in 2007.

Joe Doherty, Chair of Cricket for Cricket Ireland said, "She had a pleasant, polite and elegant demeanour, she will be fondly remembered by all who came into contact with her, especially her many friends and followers in women's cricket."

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