Peter Mason

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Name: Peter Mason
Date registered: October 20, 2014

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  1. Jan Brittin obituary — September 19, 2017
  2. Roberto De Vicenzo obituary — June 2, 2017

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Sep 19

Jan Brittin obituary

Cricketer who scored five Test hundreds, a total not yet beaten in the women’s game

Jan Brittin, who has died of cancer aged 58, was the highest Test match run scorer in women’s cricket, a record that is likely to stand for the foreseeable future given that women’s Tests are less numerous than they once were.

A calm, elegant and quietly confident opening bat, Brittin amassed 1,935 runs in Tests for England between 1979 and 1998, and for some years also had the highest tally in international one-day cricket – 2,121 – until her compatriot Charlotte Edwards surpassed that total in 2003. Edwards idolised Brittin, and their careers overlapped by a couple of years. But they played in significantly different eras – Brittin, initially at least, in the be-skirted days of Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and Edwards in a time of trousers and Twenty20.

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Jun 02

Roberto De Vicenzo obituary

Argentinian golfer who won the Open but whose scorecard error cost him a Masters play-off

Alone among major professional sports, golf relies on the players themselves to keep a tally of their score, and to sign for their totals at the end of play. Any mistake in the calculations can have dire consequences – up to and including disqualification – and yet there is no facility for a simple error to be rectified once a signature has been applied to a scorecard.

The perils of signing for an incorrect total were demonstrated by the Argentinian golfer Roberto De Vicenzo, on one of the biggest golfing stages of all – the Masters at Augusta in the US – who thereby lost the best chance he ever had of winning it. De Vicenzo, who has died aged 94, experienced his misfortune on the event’s final day in 1968. Having made a birdie at the par-four 17th to put himself in contention with the American Bob Goalby, he finished the round on 65 – seven under par – and waited for Goalby to finish. Goalby arrived with a 66, tying the two of them in first place on a four-round total of 277 and setting up a play-off for the title.

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