South African cricketer Norman Gordon celebrates 100th birthday

August 6th, 2011 - 5:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Aug 6 (IANS) Former South African fast bowler Norman Gordon Saturday became the first cricketer to have lived for 100 years.

Gordon, born on this day in 1911, is also the lone survivor from the team who played the final timeless Test. He could make only five Test appearances for South Africa in a career that was cut short by the outbreak of the World War II.

Gordon’s son Bryan revealed that his father’s health has deteriorated in the last four months but he continues to go about his routine.

“His health is not bad, but he had a fall in April,” Brian was quoted as sayin by ESPNCricinfo.

“He broke his arm and he really battled, and he has aged about three years in the last four months. Otherwise he is okay. He has just slowed down a lot. Yeah. Just very, very tired.”

Gordon has had a busy few days ahead of his 100th birthday. He was felicitated by Jeppe High School Friday and now Cricket South Africa (CSA) will honour him in the evening at a function here at the Wanderers. The functions will be attended by former South African fast bowlers Neil Adcock, Peter Pollock, Mike Procter, Fanie de Villiers, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini.

CSA chief Gerald Majola paid tribute to Gordon on behalf of the entire cricketing fraternity.

“We send Norman our heartiest congratulations on reaching a splendid landmark and wish him good health and happiness,” said Majola.

“I know I can speak on behalf of the entire South African cricket community in wishing you and your family everything of the best.”

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