He was there in the time of Sir Vivian Richards and Joel Garner, he was prevalent by the time of Sachin Tendulkar and Glenn McGrath and he is reigning these days as well at the time of Cummins and Starc! It is Samuel Cecil Wright – the Jamaican paceman, still sprinting in cricket field as aged as 85.
And finally, the grand old torpedo has decided to hang his boots. Way back in 1958-59, Wright played his first and only first class match before travelling to England.
In 1962, he decided to permanently stay in England and pursue professional cricket career after he met Enid, his wife.
Reports revealed that in the sole match that he played, the pacer failed to claim any wicket and scored a run in two innings that he batted. He has taken a total of 7,000 wickets in his 60 years long career.
“I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is.
“To be honest I eat anything that’s going but I don’t drink much, just the odd beer,” Wright told as quoted by The Daily Mirror.
In a two weeks time when Cecil Wright, fondly called ‘Cec’ will retire, he will become the oldest cricketer to play and retire in the history of the game.
During a point of his career, Wright had taken 538 wickets in five consecutive seasons, in an astonishing average of one wicket in every 27 balls. It is also said that Cecil have played over two million matches!
Wright who represented Jamaica and Barbados, told he doesn’t like to sit idle and watch TV.
“And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains.
“I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage.
In the final match of his career, Wright will play for Uppermill against Pennine League side Springhead on September 7.
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