Surrey have awarded caps to women’s players who have made 30 or more appearances to recognise their commitment and their importance to the Club – spanning more than 70 years of history.
A special presentation ceremony was held in the Jan Brittin Room of the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion on Thursday 22 September with caps handed out by Surrey CEO Steve Elworthy.
Surrey Brown Caps are being given to those who played between 30-50 times for the county. For those with 50 or more appearances a presentation cap was awarded with a tassel and silver embroidery, whilst for those with 100 or more the presentation cap is embroidered with gold. In future, caps will be presented to players as they reach their milestones.
44 players in Surrey history have now been capped including Club legends Jan Brittin, Ebony Rainford-Brent and, Surrey’s all-time leading wicket taker in women’s cricket, Sarah Clarke.
Previously caps had been handed out to female players who had played a number of games for the Club as well as achieving international honours. Surrey’s Katherine Robson and Ebony Rainford-Brent worked to introduce the new criteria for capping players.
Sue Robinson, who is scorer for the Surrey Women as well covering games for the South East Stars and the Men’s Second XI, played a key role in researching and collating the list of players to be recognised. The list was compiled from scorecards available from 1950 onwards – however in some cases there were some details missing.
Ebony Rainford-Brent said “It’s important for the Club to recognise the women who have made outstanding contributions on the field with their Surrey Caps. I’m incredibly proud to have played for Surrey and to receive my Cap is a real honour. Congratulations to all the women who have been recognised and, on behalf of Surrey CCC, I’d like to thank them for their service.”
Full list of those recognised:
Shirley Dixon (nee Driscoll)
P M Lovell
Silver Cap (for 50 appearances)
Pat Smyth (nee Cavalier)
Joey Robinies (nee Elliott)
Mandy Wain (also A Raynham)
Gold Cap (For 100 appearances)