Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Norman Gordon - The Oldest Test Cricketer

Norman Gordon, A right arm fast bowler  was born on 6th of August 1911 at Boksburg, Transval. He celebrates his 102nd this day. He is so far the only Test Cricketer to have a completed a century of years. He is also the only living cricketer who played Test Cricket before the Second World War. 
In the pic: Center - Norman Gordon celebrating his 100th Birthday with (from the left)
Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Fanie de Villiers, Peter Pollock, Neil Adcock and Mike Procter

Norman Gordon played only 5 test matches in his career. All came in the series of 1938/39 against England at home. Unfortunately Second World War interrupted his career. In the 5 test matches, he took 20 wickets. He was part of one of the famous Timeless Test at Durban which was played for 10 days and had to be drawn as English players needed to catch their ships to go back home. In the timeless test his figures were 92.2-17-256-1. He bowled 736 deliveries in the match, which are the 4th most by any bowler in a test match.

Norman Gordon played 29 First Class matches from 1933-1949, 22 of them for Transvaal, picking up 126 wickets. His best bowling figures in FC, 6/61, came while playing for Transvaal against Natal at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg in December 1939. In all he grabbed 8 5-wkt hauls in First Class career (2 of them in Tests). 

Including Norman Gordon, 16 First Class players have lived for over 100 years. Other than Norman Gordon, only other living is Cyril Perkin who played for Nottinghamshire (Born on June 4, 1911). 

Have a look at the other players behind Norman Gordon on the list. 

Oldest Living Test Cricketers.

Matches Played
102 years, 0 days
Norman Gordon (SA)
06 Aug 1911
94 years, 181 days
Lindsay Tuckett (SA)
06 Feb 1919
93 years, 160 days
Reg Simpson (Eng)
27 Feb 1920
92 years, 196 days
Andy Ganteaume (WI)
22 Jan 1921
91 years, 339 days
Madhav Mantri (Ind)
01 Sep 1921

Longest Lived Test Cricketers
102 years, 0 days
Norman Gordon (SA)
06 Aug 1911
99 years, 226 days
Eric Tindill (NZ)
18 Dec 1910
01 Aug 2010
96 years, 324 days
 Francis MacKinnon (Eng)
09 Apr 1848
27 Feb 1947
96 years, 150 days
Jack Kerr (NZ)
28 Dec 1910
27 May 2007
95 years, 252 days
Wilfred Rhodes (Eng)
29 Oct 1877
08 Jul 1973

#All ages updated till 6th of August, 2013