Worcestershire CCC are sending a letter of condolence to the family of Baroness Rachael Heyhoe-Flint who passed away yesterday aged 77.

County CEO Tom Scott hailed the "massive impact" that Heyhoe-Flint had on women's cricket in its inaugral years on the way to becoming the major force it is today.

Heyhoe-Flint was the creator of the initial women's World Cup in 1973 and the England captain against Australia at Lord's in 1976 – the first time women were allowed to play at the home of cricket.

She went onto become the first women to be elected to the full MCC committee and was the first woman to be inducted into the ICC's Hall Of Fame in 2010.

But Heyhoe-Flint, who was awarded an MBE in 1972 and OBE in 2008, had signficant involvement in other sports.

She was goalkeeper for the England hockey team in 1964 and became a director of Wolverhapton Wanderers in addition to being appointed to the House of Lords as a working peer in 2010.

Tom Scott said: "Rachael has been described today as 'the WG Grace of women's cricket' and that sums things up perfectly.

"She made a massive contribution to all facets of the game from player, with an outstanding record for England spanning more than two decades,  to administrator.

"But her contributions to other sports was also immense as well as other facets of her life including becoming a working peer in the House Of Lords.

"We feel it is only fitting as a cricket club to send a letter of condolence to Rachael's family and our thoughts are with them at this sad time."