Cyril Perkins 1911-2013

Northants Cricket is sad to announce that the club's oldest former first-class player - Cyril Perkins - has died at the age of 102.

His family has confirmed he passed away in hospital in Ipswich on Thursday morning (November 21) following a short illness.

One of several prominent Northamptonshire cricketers to hail from the village of Wollaston, Cyril made his County debut as a left-arm spinner against Middlesex at Lord's in 1934 and played 56 games for Northamptonshire - claiming 93 wickets at 35.58 apiece.

Unfortunately his playing career for the club - he made his final appearance in 1937 - coincided with the County's four-year sequence without a single first-class victory, and consequenly he was never on the winning side in Northamptonshire colours.

His best bowling figures came in 1935 when he bagged 6-54 against Worcestershire at Wantage Road - two of his victims stumped by another man of Wollaston, Ben Bellamy.

After leaving the County Ground he played Minor Counties cricket for Suffolk between 1939 and 1967, and enjoyed a notable day against Hertfordshire at Felixstowe in 1960 when he took all ten wickets an innings for just 23 runs.  He also coached at Ipswich School.

Cyril celebrated his 100th birthday in June 2011 - becoming only the fourth county cricketer (and the first Northamptonshire player) to achieve the landmark.

Northants Cricket offers sincerest condolences to Cyril's family. 




Cyril Perkins 1911-2013