Who is Shirley Illingworth?
Shirley Illingworth is the wife of English cricketer Ray Illingworth.
Raymond Illingworth was a cricketer, commentator, and administrator from England.
He was one of only nine players in first-class cricket history to take 2,000 wickets and score 20,000 runs as of 2015.
He won a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960 after playing for Yorkshire (1951–68 and 1982–83), Leicestershire (1969–78), and England (1958–73).
Ray Illingworth was 89 years old and his wife Shirley Illingworth was around 78-80 years old.
The couple has 2 daughters named Diane and Victoria.
Former Yorkshire cricketers Ashley Metcalfe and Neil Hartley married his daughters Diane and Victoria.
Ray Illingworth And Shirley Illingworth
Shirley Illingworth was Ray Illingworth’s wife from 1958 until her death in 2021.
Illingworth was a dedicated follower of the game. He had a pragmatic approach, preferring to “only gamble on certainties.”
He wasn’t a particularly keen spinner of the ball, instead of depending on precision and slight variations in flight, but his arm ball was extremely successful, with many of his victims caught at slip when playing for the spin that wasn’t there. He took 2072 wickets in county cricket.
In three Tests against New Zealand in 1973, he bowled 408 balls without being paid, but he only gave up 1.91 runs per over his Test career.
Over the course of nearly 33 years, Illingworth appeared in 787 first-class matches.
How Did Ray Illingworth Die?
Yorkshire has confirmed the death of Ray Illingworth.
He called for assisted suicide in November 2021, after revealing that he had been diagnosed with a severe form of oesophageal cancer.
Yorkshire paid tribute to Illingworth by a tweet about it, “We are deeply saddened to learn that Ray Illingworth has passed away. Our thoughts are with Ray’s family and the wider Yorkshire family who held Ray so dear to their hearts.”
Former England captain Ray Illingworth has passed away at the age of 89.
Illingworth played in 61 Tests for England from 1958 to 1973, taking 122 wickets and hitting two centuries. pic.twitter.com/DvvCU6KkW7
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) December 25, 2021
RIP to an England legend, Ray Illingworth ❤️
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 25, 2021