Syd Ward

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Syd Ward
Syd Ward 1933.jpg
Syd Ward in December 1933
Personal information
Full name Sydney William Ward
Born (1907-08-05)5 August 1907
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 31 December 2010(2010-12-31) (aged 103)
Featherston, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1929/30–1937/38 Wellington
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 10
Runs scored 282
Batting average 14.84
100s/50s  –/1
Top score 61
Balls bowled 36
Wickets  –
Bowling average  –
5 wickets in innings  –
10 wickets in match  –
Best bowling  –
Catches/stumpings 9/-
Source: Cricinfo, 9 July 2010

Sydney William "Syd" Ward (5 August 1907 – 31 December 2010) was an Australian-born New Zealand cricketer. Ward was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and, from the death of Frank Shipston on 6 July 2005 until his death, was considered the oldest living first-class cricketer and the second oldest ever, behind Jim Hutchinson.[1] Following his death, Cyril Perkins became the oldest living first-class cricketer.[2]

Ward was born in Australia, but moved to New Zealand at some point prior to playing first-class cricket for Wellington. His first-class debut for Wellington came in the 1929/30 Plunket Shield against Otago.[3] From 1929/30 to 1937/38, he represented Wellington in 10 first-class matches, with his final first-class match coming against Canterbury.[4] In his 20 first-class innings, he scored 282 runs at a batting average of 14.84, with a single half century high score of 61, which came against Auckland in the 1934/35 season.[5]

Outside of cricket, there is an indication that Ward played football for Waterside, who won the 1940 Chatham Cup, with Ward scoring a goal in the final against Mosgiel as Waterside ran out 6-2 winners. This was the team's third straight title.

Ward worked as a jeweller and watchmaker in Wellington until 1982, then retired to the Wairarapa farming village of Kaiwaiwai, between Featherston and Martinborough.

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Preceded by
Frank Shipston
Oldest living first-class cricketer
6 July 2005 – 31 December 2010
Succeeded by
Cyril Perkins