June Rabey-Williams, the fifth NSW Women’s captain, has passed away age 90.
Ms Rabey-Williams captained the team during the 1951/52 season and was vice-captain the following summer. An opening batter, wicketkeeper, she was the 59th woman to represent NSW in domestic women’s cricket, playing four seasons between 1949 to 53.
She was reportedly chosen to tour England with the Australian Women’s team in 1953 but withdrew due to family reasons.
The most recent debutant for the NSW Breakers, opening batter Tahlia Wilson, became the 239th female cricketer to represent the state last season.
Ms Rabey-Williams proceeded Australian Test captain, NSW selector and renowned administrator, Mollie Dive, as the NSW Women’s captain.
As a batter, Ms Rabey-Williams made a highest score for NSW of 74 not out against Queensland in 1952/53.
It is also believed she made a century for ACT when playing there in the late 1970s.
Ms Rabey-Williams was one of 11 children in her family. Before taking up cricket, she played vigoro with seven of her sisters for a team called the Thistles.
The Thistles also played cricket. Proving her all-round sporting talent, Ms Rabey-Williams was an A-Grade tennis player in Blacktown.
Ms Rabey-Williams passed away on Thursday at her retirement village in Penrith.
10:30am Friday 9 August
Pinegrove Memorial Park
Kington Street, Minchinbury