Surrey has paid tribute to one of the greats of the women’s game by naming a room in the members’ pavilion at The Oval after Janette Brittin.
Brittin, who passed away in 2017, aged 58, after a battle with cancer, remains the leading run-scorer in women’s Tests. Her 1935 runs in the format include five centuries. Having made her debut in 1979, she represented England for 19 years and top-scored with 48 in the final against New Zealand when they won the World Cup at home in 1993.
Her feats have now been celebrated with a room named after her in the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion, which officially opened on Tuesday, 30 July. This is believed to be the first ground that has a facility named after a female cricketer.
We’re opening our Janette Brittin Room in the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion tonight. As well as celebrating the career of Janette, the room also champions the women of Surrey County Cricket Club.
Ebony Rainford-Brent, former England and Surrey player and director of women’s cricket at the county, is one of the several players who consider the woman fondly known as ‘JB’ as her idol. “Jan Brittin was an incredible force in the women’s game both for Surrey and for England. She set records that likely will never be broken, won a World Cup for England and played a vital role in bringing the game into the modern age.
“I am proud that our club is recognizing her brilliance and influence in this way and naming a room in one of the ground’s most iconic and historic areas in her honor,” Rainford-Brent said at the event.
“Jan is a Surrey legend,” Richard Thompson, the Surrey chairman, told the Daily Telegraph later. “This is about making sure we don’t forget those legends.”