World’s oldest cricketer Lindsay Tuckett passes away

lindsay-tuckett-1473096216-800Lindsay Tuckett,passed away in Bloemfontein this morning at the age of 97. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has paid rich tribute to Lindsay Tuckett. he  represented South Africa in nine Test matches against England between 1947 and 1949.

  •  Tuckett made his debut in the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 1947, taking 5/68 in the first innings in 37 overs.In his full international career he took 19 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.
  • Born in Durban to Len Tuckett, who was also a Test cricketer, the right-hander began his first-class career for Orange Free State in the 1934/35 season at the age of just 16. However, the Second World War put a stop to sporting activities and hence he had to wait until his 28th birthday before getting the taste of international cricket.
  • The distinction of the oldest surviving cricketer in the world now passes to another South African player, all-rounder Johnny Watkins, who is 93. Tuckett was the backbone of the South African pace attack in the years immediately following World War II.
  • He will best be remembered for bowling the final over of the first Test at Kingsmead in the 1948-49 season which produced one of the most thrilling finishes in the history of the game, with England winning by two wickets off the final ball of the game.