Former Jamaican fast bowler to retire at age 85 with over 7000 wickets

    Photo Credit: Uppermill Cricket Club

    A former Jamaican fast bowler is set to retire at the age of 85 years old.

    Cecil Wright who back in the day played with the likes of Viv Richards and Joel Garner, will become the oldest cricketer to play and retire from the game when he calls it quits in one week.

    Wright made his first class debut for Jamaica against Barbados in 1958 where he played against legends such as Wes Hall and Sir Garfield Sobers, Collie Smith and Seymour Nurse in Kingston.

    That was however his only first-class match for Jamaica, but he didn’t take a wicket and conceded 41 runs in 66 balls over two innings, as Jamaica won by six runs.

    One year later in 1959, he moved to England and played for Crompton in the Central Lancashire League.

    Then in 1962, he decided to stay back permanently in England and started his career as a professional cricketer.

    The 85 year old has reportedly grabbed over 7000 wickets in his long career.

    In his prime, Wright is said to have taken 538 wickets in five seasons at an impressive average of 27 – and remarkably, he is still playing, for Uppermill in Pennine Cricket League 2nd XI Championship.

    ‘Cec’ as he is commonly known, will play his last game is on Saturday 7th September, at home to Springhead starting at 12:30pm.