`Timeless’ Gordon reaches 100

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2011, 09:02 AM IST

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: As the world waits with baited breath for Sachin Tendulkar to slam his 100th international ton, a South African cricketer, who played his last Test match before the Second World War, has completed a century of different sorts.

Norman Gordon on Saturday celebrates his 100th birth anniversary, becoming the first Test cricketer to achieve this unique feat of living 100 years of his life.

The closest anyone has come to achieve the `feat` was New Zealand’s Eric Tindill who died last year in August aged 99 years and 226 days.

After a nervous anticipation of his impending birthday, Gordon has plans to celebrate it with his family and fellow cricketers.

The centurion, on Friday, received an overwhelming reception from the Jeppe High School for Boys where he went to as a child. A benefit golf day has also been planned for his birthday which he would be attending. Then in the evening a party has also been organized at the Wanderers by Ali Bacher and South African Breweries to celebrate this special occasion.

Gordon, known for his athleticism, stamina and fitness, is the lone survivor from the final ‘Timeless Test’ played in 1939 that went on for 10 days without producing any result. Gordon bowled 92.2 eight-ball overs during the course of the match, taking one wicket, and thereby achieving a record of bowling 738 deliveries in a single match. A right arm pace bowler, he, unfortunately could only play 5 Test matches in which he took 20 wickets.