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Janette Ann Brittin MBE (4 July 1959 – 11 September 2017), known as Jan Brittin, was an England cricketer[1] who played 27 Tests and 63 ODIs between 1979 and 1998.[2] Her total of 1,935 runs is a Test record [3] as are her five Test centuries.[4]

Jan Brittin
Personal information
Full nameJanette Ann Brittin
Born(1959-07-04)4 July 1959
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Died11 September 2017(2017-09-11) (aged 58)
Sussex
BattingRight-hand
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 27 63
Runs scored 1,935 2,121
Batting average 49.61 42.42
100s/50s 5/11 5/8
Top score 167 138*
Balls bowled 1,188 296
Wickets 9 8
Bowling average 46.11 23.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/15 3/16
Catches/stumpings 12/– 26/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 November 2007

Brittin's one-day record of 2,121 runs stood until 2003 when Charlotte Edwards became England's leading one-day run-scorer during the 214-run defeat of Sri Lanka. Edwards said "Jan was a very special player and it is a privilege to head the record table with someone like that". Brittin holds the record for taking the most catches in Women's Cricket World Cup history (19).[5]

As a child, Brittin lived in Chessington, Surrey. She represented English schools at athletics, and later became a rare triple international, in indoor hockey and indoor cricket as well as cricket. She was well known for her feats of athleticism on the cricket field; her England team-mate Enid Bakewell has said that "One of the reasons they changed from playing in skirts to trousers was JB’s diving stops!"[6]

After retiring from the game in 1998 she became a teacher, but also coached at Surrey County Cricket Club. She died of cancer aged 58.[7] In July 2019, Surrey County Cricket Club named a room in the members' pavilion in her honour.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In Memoriam 2017". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ Mason, Peter (19 September 2017). "Jan Brittin obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ Most runs in Women's Test matches, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 6 November 2007
  4. ^ Most hundreds in Women's Test matches, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 6 November 2007
  5. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Women's World Cup | Most catches | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ Nicholson, Raf (30 July 2019). "Janette Brittin finally given credit her genius deserves as Surrey pay homage to one of English cricket's greats". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/19/jan-brittin-obituary
  8. ^ "Janette Brittin Room Officially Opened". Surrey Cricket. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Honour for Jan Brittin at The Oval". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 July 2019.

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