Jan Brittin MBE

Our friend Jan Brittin (JB) passed away on 11th September 2017 after a long illness.

JB was a long standing member of our golf society and a world renowned international cricketer. J excelled at hockey, golf and cricket, and still holds the world record for the highest number of test runs. She is survived by her partner Ange, her parents Kevin and Maggie and dog Millie.

A collection of tributes and articles are collated here:

BBC Sport: Jan Brittin: England’s leading female Test run scorer dies aged 58
Surrey Cricket: Jan Brittin (1959-2017)
Crickether: Jan Brittin, The Idol’s Idol
The Guardian: Jan Brittin Obituary

JB’s funeral took place on Tuesday 26th September at the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium in Crawley, West Sussex. The Order of Service is available here for those that could not attend, or did not receive a copy on the day.

The collection at the funeral and fines raised (£138.65) at the October society meeting raised a total of £2668.65 for the St Peter and St James’ hospice, in memory of JB.

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.

Updated from the Eastbourne Herald: http://m.eastbourneherald.co.uk/sport/cricket/pioneering-ruth-hopes-the-future-remains-bright-for-cricketers-1-4534876#ixzz45SBoyHOq