JM HUtchinson 1896-2000

Oldest ever first-class cricketer dies

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November 8, 2000

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Former Derbyshire batsman Jim Hutchinson died at the Doncaster Royal Infirmary on November 7, 2000 aged 103 years, 344 days. He lived to the oldest age of anyone who has ever played first-class cricket; he was born on the 29th November 1896 in New Tupton, Derbyshire.

Hutchinson played for Derbyshire from 1920 until 1931, appearing in 255 matches for his county, and 256 first-class matches in all. He was a right-hand batsman, occasional right-arm medium pace off-break bowler and was renowned as a brilliant cover point fielder.

His best season with the bat was in 1928 when he scored 990 runs at an average of 22.50.

First-class cricketers who have lived to the age of 100

Age at Death Name Birth Date Death Date Main Team FC Career Dates No of FC matches
103y-344d James Metcalf HUTCHINSON 29 Nov 1896 7 Nov 2000 Derbyshire 1920-31 256
102y-253d Rupert DE SMIDT 23 Nov 1883 3 Aug 1986 Western Province 1912/13 4
102y-247d Edward Apsey ENGLISH 1 Jan 1864 5 Sep 1966 Hampshire 1898-1901 18
102y-101d John WHEATLEY 8 Jan 1860 19 Apr 1962 Canterbury 1882/83-1903/04 12
101y-222d Dinkar Balwant DEODHAR 14 Jan 1892 24 Aug 1993 Pune 1911/12-1947/48 81
101y-191d George Richard Uniacke HARMAN 6 Jun 1874 14 Dec 1975 Dublin University 1895 1
100y-217d Charles H BRAITHWAITE 10 Sep 1845 15 Apr 1946 Players of USA 1881-93 4
100y-77d George Onslow DEANE 11 Dec 1828 26 Feb 1929 Hampshire 1848 1

Matches included as first-class are those which appear in the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians match lists. Deane appeared in a match for Hampshire against XIV of All England, and Braithwaite appeared in matches in North America now regarded as first-class by the ACS.

Deodhar lived for 81years and 337 days from the date of his debut in first-class cricket, Harman 80y-208d, Deane 80y-150d, Hutchinson 80y-85d. Robert Henry Fowler (28 Jun 1857-11 May 1957) lived for 80y 358d from his debut for Cambridge University in 1876.

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