Former England cricketer Jan Brittin has lost her life at the age of 58. The former Surrey cricketer represented England in 27 Tests and 63 ODIs, and is also known as one of the pioneers of women’s cricket in England. Since her debut in 1979 to her retirement in 1998, Brittin scored 1935 Test runs which included five tons.
Surrey CCC Director of Women's Cricket Ebony Rainford-Brent expressed grief on the loss of a veteran player: "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,” media reports quoted Rainford-Brent as saying.
"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. Her records speak for themselves the class of player she was and will stand the test of time. She will be sorely missed by the Surrey community, and we as a county are sending out our condolences to her loved ones and family," she added.
Brittin featured in four World Cups for England and was also a part of the World Cup winning team of 1993. As a tribute for her, Surrey have announced that the Surrey flag will be flown during the club's ongoing County game against Yorkshire.
Before Mithali Raj and Charlotte Edwards, Brittin was the highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs until 2003.
Clare Connor, Director of England Women's Cricket, also had fond memories of her. "JB was one of the most quiet and unassuming cricketers you could meet, but she was pure class. An outstanding cricketer and a truly lovely person. JB will be remembered so fondly by the women's cricket fraternity as well as by her numerous friends in the golfing world,” media reports quoted Connor as saying.