Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s oldest cricketer, has died aged 100 at his home in New Zealand. Pritchard, who played a total of 200 first-class matches and took as many as 818 wickets, was considered to be one of the finest fast bowlers, precisely known for his right-arm outswingers.
He had the opportunity of playing Test matches when New Zealand toured England in 1949, but turned down the offer unwilling to risk his county contract.
Pritchard met the love of his life, Mavis, during the army service in 1945 and later the couple would go on to marry in a few weeks time and raise two daughters.
“All at WOCCA are very say to hear that Tom has passed away. He really was a Warwickshire legend in the truest sense of the word,” Keith Cook, assistant honorary secretary of Warwickshire Old County Cricketers Association, said.
“He was a very fine cricketer and also a lovely man who I had the pleasure of meeting on a number of occasions. Our sincerest condolences go to all his family.”