85-Year Old Cricketer Just Retired at the Age of 85 After Taking 7000 Wickets


85-Year Old Cricketer Just Retired at the Age of 85 After Taking 7000 Wickets

\Cecil Wright, the former Jamaican paceman will retire after a career that spanned 6 decades at the young age of 85. He claims to have taken over 7,000 wickets over the course of his career.

According to official data, in 1958, he played a solitary first-class match for Jamaica against a Barbados team that included the legendary Wes Hall, Collie Smith, and Seymour Nurse in Kingston.
The legend goes that after this match, he moved to England in 1959 and joined Crompton in the Central Lancashire League and bowled to legends like Sir Gary Sobers.
In his heyday, it is said that he took 538 wickets in five seasons – a strike rate of a wicket every 27 balls – and extraordinarily, he is still playing, for Uppermill in Pennine Cricket League 2nd XI Championship.
“Following the match, we will be hosting an evening to celebrate the career and everything Cec has done for the wider cricketing community. All players past and present, friends, family and supporters, are invited to what will be a fitting and deserved a send-off.”

In an interview, Wright recalled the advice the late Sir Frank Worrell, the legendary West Indies captain, gave him that would transform his bowling in England.

Updated: February 3, 2020 — 9:00 am

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