Ruth Prideaux

Ruth Prideaux nee Westbrook

12th July 1930 – 7th April 2016

We are sorry to announce that Ruth Prideaux passed away peacefully on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Ruth was a key member of the all-conquering England women’s cricket team of the late 1950s and early 60s that toured the world.

Ruth took a break from the game in 1963, got married and had four children. She returned to cricket as the England coach in 1987.

Ruth was a forward-thinking coach and was one of the first to apply sport science to elite level cricket. She brought in a backroom team that included sport scientists, nutritionists, physios and sports psychologists.

A hugely-successful period in women’s cricket history followed and one that culminated in a World Cup triumph on home soil when England beat New Zealand at Lord’s in the final in 1993.

Ruth retired from the international arena after the World Cup, moved to Eastbourne and began teaching sport science at the University of Brighton.

She was also regularly seen passing on her wealth of cricket knowledge around the local schools, at Eastbourne Cricket Club and at Sussex Cricket Club where she was a coach and a member of the committee.

Later, more often to be seen on the golf course, Ruth continued to follow the fortunes of the women’s game in Sussex and England, and will be sadly missed.

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