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Norman Gordon      

Full name Norman Gordon

Born August 6, 1911, Boksburg, Transvaal

Died September 2, 2014, Hillbrow, Johannesburg (aged 103 years 27 days)

Major teams South Africa, Transvaal

Also known as Mobil

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Norman Gordon
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 6 2 8 7* 2.00 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 29 31 10 109 20 5.19 0 0 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 8 1966 807 20 5/103 7/162 40.35 2.46 98.3 0 2 0
First-class 29 7173 2803 126 6/61 22.24 2.34 56.9 8 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1933-1949
Profile

Norman Gordon was unfortunate in that he broke into the South African side just before the war, and was too old by the time it ended. A right-arm quick, he made his debut for Transvaal in 1933-34 but took some time to find his feet as at that time the transition was being made from matting to turf wickets and he struggled to adapt. He played in all five Tests against England in 1938-39, bowling tirelessly in a series during which bat dominated ball. He conceded 100 runs in four innings, but was the leading wicket-taker on either side (20). At Durban, in the Timeless Test, he sent down 92.2 eight-ball overs (taking 1 for 256), and would almost certainly have toured England in 1940 where the conditions would have suited him. He was known as "Mobil", because he used to slick down his unruly hair with handfuls of Vaseline.
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Aug 6, 2011

Norman Gordon, the first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years, is the lone survivor from the final timeless Test, Johannesburg, August 6, 2011

Norman Gordon, the first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years, is the lone survivor from the final timeless Test

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Aug 6, 2011

The Norman Gordon trophy, part of the birthday celebrations of the world's first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years, Johannesburg, August 6, 2011

The Norman Gordon trophy, part of the birthday celebrations of the world's first Test cricketer to have lived 100 years

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Aug 6, 2011

Former South African cricketers greet Norman Gordon on his 100th birthday, Johannesburg, August 6, 2011

Former South African cricketers greet Norman Gordon on his 100th birthday

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