Shirley Cowles is presented her cap by NZC President Debbie Hockley (PHOTOSPORT)

Shirley Cowles MNZM: 1939 - 2020 

Former New Zealand women’s cricketer Shirley Cowles will be remembered for her aggressive batting and dynamic fielding over a career that encompassed seven Tests.

Christchurch-born Cowles, who passed away on March 5, approached batting, bowling and fielding with the same indomitable mindset, according to those who saw her play.

Former team-mate Janice Stead told the Christchurch Press Cowles was an all-action figure in everything she lent her hand to.

“When she bowled, she was bowling to get you out and when she batted she was batting to make a 100 at least,” said Stead.

“She as an aggressive bat; she was very fast between the wickets and a very good fielder.”

Cowles played her Tests between 1969-1977, making her Test debut against England at the Hagley Oval in the 68-69 season. She also played five ODI’s in this period. 

Much like current WHITE FERNS captain Sophie Devine, Cowles was also a strong hockey player, representing Canterbury for many years and trialling for the New Zealand women’s team.

In her hometown of Christchurch, Cowles​ was a key player in the administration of the women’s game.

She was the president of the Canterbury Women's Cricket Association for several years, a selector for Canterbury Women's and Southern District teams, while also coaching locally.

Her contribution to cricket was acknowledged in 2003 when Cowles​ was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket. She was also made a life member of the Canterbury Cricket Association.

Cowles​ is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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