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Norman Gordon, the former South African fast bowler and the world’s oldest living Test cricketer, celebrated his 99th birthday on Thursday. Gordon had been the second-oldest surviving Test player until Eric Tindill, who played rugby and cricket for New Zealand, died on August 1.
A cocktail party was held at the Houghton Golf Club – where Norman is an honorary member and spends many an afternoon – to celebrate his birthday. And among the many queuing to shake Houghton’s hand was Johann Ruper, South Africa’s richest man. "I should have asked him for a cheque, then,” Gordon told Independent Online, when he was informed who Ruper was.