Brit­tin was ‘a class act and true in­spi­ra­tion’

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Paul Ed­di­son

TRIB­UTES have poured in from across the crick­et­ing world this week af­ter the death of Jan Brit­tin – Eng­land’s lead­ing Test run scorer – at the age of only 58.

The flag at the Oval was flown at half mast for Sur­rey’s clash with York­shire as a mark of re­spect for Brit­tin – af­ter she lost her bat­tle with can­cer.

Brit­tin made her Eng­land de­but back in 1979 and amassed 1,935 Test runs and 2,121 ODI runs in a ca­reer that spanned 19 years.

In that time the women’s game came on leaps and bounds, lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the pro­fes­sional game that we see be­fore us.

In­deed Char­lotte Ed­wards, who took Brit­tin’s one-day run record but never sur­passed her Test haul, called her an ‘idol grow­ing up, so calm, el­e­gant, de­ter­mined and very mod­est. Sim­ply one of the best’.

Brit­tin top-scored with 48 in Eng­land’s 1993 World Cup fi­nal win against New Zealand at Lord’s – and also took the win­ning catch in a tour­na­ment she fin­ished as the lead­ing run-get­ter.

And the ECB di­rec­tor of Eng­land Women’s Cricket Clare Con­nor also hailed the trail-blaz­ing Brit­tin.

“JB was was one of the most quiet and unas­sum­ing crick­eters you could meet, but she was pure class,” she said.

“An out­stand­ing crick­eter and a truly lovely per­son. In a year when Eng­land have again won the World Cup at Lord’s, we should not for­get the huge con­tri­bu­tion JB made to the de­vel­op­ment and suc­cess of women’s cricket in this coun­try.

“For girls of my gen­er­a­tion she was our first real fe­male role model. She bat­ted with grace and tim­ing – a clas­si­cal opener, so beau­ti­ful to watch. She was also a bril­liantly ath­letic cover fielder.”

Sur­rey Di­rec­tor of Women’s Cricket Ebony Rain­ford-Brent added: “JB was such an in­spi­ra­tion to me and many oth­ers grow­ing up who were able to watch or play with one of the great­est fe­male crick­eters of all-time.

“As a char­ac­ter she was fun, en­gag­ing and al­ways gen­er­ous in her knowl­edge, par­tic­u­larly when she gave back as a coach later in her ca­reer.”

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