The picture below is from a book called The Story of Cricket. It was part of a run of kids 'finding out' books published by a company called Ladybird, covering everything from technology to sports; and in the 60s and 70s no self-respecting, middle-class family bookshelf would be seen without a few titles in the series!
Judging from its much-thumbed condition, my copy of The Story of Cricket was clearly a book I read from cover to cover many times; but there was one page in particular that sparked my interest...
Cool - women playing cricket!
And [redacted] (ahem!) years later... here I am!