Brian Lara & more: Twitter reacts as cricket’s oldest son Norman Gordon dies
West Indies legend Brian Lara is among the first to pay tribute to the passing of cricket's oldest son, Norman Gordon
The cricketing world is in mourning after the passing of it’s oldest son Norman Gordon, who died this morning aged 103.
Gordon, the former South African bowler, played five matches for his country in the 1938/39 season and is the only Test cricketer to live past 100.
He will be remembered for his participation in cricket’s timeless Test – the match lasted 10 days and was a draw, in which Gordon bowled 92.2 eight ball overs which remains a Test match record.
Born in Boksburg, Transvaal, Gordon took 20 wickets for his country and became the oldest-living Test cricketer in August 2011 when he eclipsed New Zealander Eric Tindall, who fell four months short of his own personal century.
Here is a selection of Twitter tributes from the cricket fraternity.
Former West Indian batsman Brian Lara paid tribute to Gordon: “My condolences to the late Norman Gordon’s family. It was a humbling and most special occasion meeing Mr Gordon. One I will cherish! #RIPNG… 103 great innings! Brian Norman wen we met I felt that father/ son relationship between u 2, d relationship every son should hv wit his dad… I will raise a glass of wine today in celebration of a life well lived SA N Gordon!! He love golf as well! #oldesttestcricketever #jointme”
South African sprots website (@EWNSport) tweeted a quote from former South African Test captain Ali Bacher who said: “His son Brian phoned me at 6am this morning; sadly at 2am he died peacefully in his sleep in his Hillbrow flat, the flat that he’d lived in for 60 years… Norman was 103 on August 6 and until this morning he remained the oldest living Test cricketer in the world.”