Mrs Thomas, the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketer to represent Australia, was recognised for significant service to cricket and to the indigenous community.

Born in Quorn, the fast bowler played cricket for South Australia from 1956-58 and played one Test for Australia, against England, in 1958.

Before starting her career, Mrs Thomas worked as a nurse and midwife in communities across South Australia.

The Faith Thomas Trophy, introduced last year, is presented to the winner of the Adelaide Strikers’ home WBBL game against Perth Scorchers.

In September last year the SACA Board of Management awarded Mrs Thomas Honorary Services Rendered Membership in recognition of her importance in the history of cricket in South Australia.