The 85-year-old pace bowler Samuel Cecil Wright has finally decided to retire from cricket. He will play his last game in the professional career on 7th September 2019.
Jamaica-born Samuel Cecil Wright started his first-class career for Jamaica but played the only first-class game. It was the match between Jamaica and Barbados where the Caribbean legends like Sir Garry Sobers and Sir Wes Hall represented for Barbados.
In 1959, Wright moved to England. Soon, he served Crompton in the Central Lancashire League. Three years later, Wright decided to stay in England. Later, he married Enid, and they have a son.
In his 60 years long professional cricket, Wright has taken more than 7,000 wickets.
During his best time, the pacer took a whopping 538 wickets in five seasons. In that memorable moment, he took one wicket in almost every 27 balls, as per the average calculation.
Wright also played with Sir Vivian Richards and Joel Garner like legendary players.
On 7th September, Samuel Cecil Wright will play his last cricket match. In that game, he will serve Uppermill against Springhead in the Pennine League.
Wright told The Daily Mirror, “I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is.”
Talking more about his incredible career longevity, Wright spoke about his fitness secret.
He added, “To be honest I eat anything that’s going but I don’t drink much, just the odd beer. And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains. I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage.”
Really, it is unthinkable which the Jamaica-born fighter has done.