Cricket NSW has paid tribute to former NSW women’s captain Joyce Dalton, who died last Friday aged 83.

A right-handed batter who could drive powerfully on both sides of the wicket, Dalton played three Tests for Australia in 1958, averaging 34.66 with a top score of 59 not out.

Presented with NSW cap number 71, she debuted for her state in 1952-53, captaining the team from 1954-56 and playing the 1957-58 season.

A physical education teacher, Dalton moved to New Zealand, where she played for Wellington and Canterbury.

After returning to Sydney she represented NSW again from 1961-62, playing her last match in 1968-69.

Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones paid tribute to Dalton for her contribution to NSW cricket.

“Joyce Dalton was one of the pioneers of women’s cricket in NSW when it was a completely amateur game,” Mr Jones said.

“It is players like Joyce who have forged a path for the current generation of NSW female players, resulting in a spectacular profile increase with the Women’s Big Bash League and increasingly significant remuneration.

"NSW Lendlease Breakers are the first fully professional women's domestic team in the world and that owes much to the legacy of pioneers such as Joyce

“Our thoughts are with Joyce’s family and friends.”