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Was watching a 2010 documentary on India's surprise 1983 Cricket World Cup victory earlier this week. It's quite surprising as Dickie Bird looks and sounds awful and I would have given you very long odds he'd still be alive 9 years later based on that. Conversely, Martin Crowe looks about the youngest and healthiest of all those interviewed. Just watching today's One Day International coverage today and the stadium camera zooms onto Dickie Bird looking far better than he did ten years ago and if not a picture of health, at least not at all bad for someone in their late 80s. The Reaper moves in very mysterious ways. 

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Everton Weekes

 

Cricketing great and last survivor of the three Ws in intensive care following heart attack.

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2 hours ago, Grim Up North said:

Everton Weekes

 

Cricketing great and last survivor of the three Ws in intensive care following heart attack.

DRS reveals its not as bad as first thought and should be discharged in a few days, according to the beeb.

 

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Amazingly there are currently 4 ex-cricketers alive who are over 100.

The oldest is John Manners (born 24 September 1914) who is the only living cricketer who played first class cricket before WW2. He played for Hampshire & Combined Services. No other first class cricketer ever lived to 104 & he is closing in on his 105th run! Incredibly he played first class cricket way back in 1936 not in the summer of 1939.

Archie Scott is 101 & was born on 26 January 1918.

Eileen Whelan is a former women's English Test player and was born on 30 October 1911 so will be 108 later this year.

Thelma McKenzie is a former ladies Test player for Australia and was born on 6 April 1915.

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Malcolm Nash, Glamorgan all-rounder, with decent career bowling figures (first class average of 25.87, best bowling 9-56 - the tenth was a run-out) and a few good batting performances, overshadowed by one over, has died aged 74.

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The last survivor of Bradman's Invincibles side of 1948, 90 year old Neil Harvey is attending the 2nd Ashes Test at Lords later this week according to various media articles. 

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Tom Carter was a young cricketer who I think was on a few folks shortlists back in 2015-16 when he had severe bone cancer, only for him to beat the cancer into remission and return to cricket after a leg amputation.

 

Well, the cancer apparently recently came back and he died last week aged only 25.

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