Norman Gordon

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Norman Gordon
Personal information
Full name Norman Gordon
Born (1911-08-06) 6 August 1911 (age 102)
Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 151) 24 December 1938 v England
Last Test 14 March 1939 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1933–48 Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 5 29
Runs scored 8 109
Batting average 2.00 5.19
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 7* 20
Balls bowled 1966 7173
Wickets 20 126
Bowling average 40.35 22.24
5 wickets in innings 2 8
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 5/103 6/61
Catches/stumpings 1/– 8/–
Source: CricketArchive, 22 August 2009

Norman Gordon (born 6 August 1911) is a former South African cricketer who played in five Tests in the 1938–39 South African cricket season. He was born in Boksburg, Transvaal. He is the oldest living Test cricketer, and the first to reach 100 years of age. Gordon became the oldest-ever Test cricketer on 23 March 2011, when he surpassed New Zealander Eric Tindill, who died on 1 August 2010, approximately four months before his 100th birthday.[1]

Cricket career[edit]

Gordon played first-class cricket for Transvaal from 1933–34 as a right-handed fast bowler and a tail-end right-handed batsman.

He made his Test debut against England in December 1938, playing every Test of the five-match series. In the first Test, he took his best Test match figures of 7–162, including 5–103 in the first innings.[2] He was stumped by Les Ames off the bowling of Tom Goddard for a first-ball duck in the drawn match. In the second match he took 5–157 in England's only innings, but was again stumped by Ames off the bowling of Goddard for 0 in another drawn match.

In the third match, Gordon took 2–127 in England's only innings and was out for 1 and 0, falling to Ken Farnes and Hedley Verity as England won by an innings and 13 runs. In the fourth match, he took 2–47 and 3–58 but did not bat in the drawn Test. In the final Test Gordon took match figures of 1–256 and was not out in each innings, scoring 0 and 7. This match was the famous Timeless Test, which took 10 days and was eventually declared a draw by agreement between the teams. It was Gordon's final Test match.

He took his best innings figures of 6–61, followed by 3–86 in the second innings, for Transvaal against Natal at Johannesburg in 1939–40.[3] He continued playing for Transvaal until the 1948–49 season.

Later life[edit]

Gordon ran a sports shop in central Johannesburg.[4] He is the last living person to have played Test cricket before World War II. He turned 100 in August 2011 and lives in central Johannesburg.[5] If Gordon lives until 17 July 2015, he will surpass Jim Hutchinson (103 years, 344 days) as the oldest lived first-class cricketer.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tests – Oldest living players
  2. ^ "1st Test: South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24–28, 1938". espncricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Transvaal v Natal, 1939–40
  4. ^ Rodney Hartman, Ali: The Life of Ali Bacher, Penguin, Johannesburg, 2006, p. 20.
  5. ^ "Norman Gordon: First Test cricketer to see a 100 years". NDTV.com. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Bipin Dani (2013). Oldest cricketer is set to turn 102Deccan Chronicle. Published 5 August 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.

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Preceded by
Eric Tindill
Oldest living Test cricketer
1 August 2010 onwards
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Cyril Perkins
Oldest Living First-Class Cricketer
22 November 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent