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Women’s Cricket: Oldest International Player!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

A grandmother, Sally Barton, has become the oldest ever international cricketer.

A wicketkeeper, she has made her debut in the second T20 international between Gibraltar and Estonia, at the age of 66 years and 334 days. Gibraltar won by 128 runs.

Barton remarked afterwards that:

The words ‘too old’ just aren’t in my vocabulary.”

And she plans to continue playing cricket as long as possible.

Barton added that:

I might not be as fast as I used to be, but my endurance and everything is still there.”

She beat the previous record set by Akbar Saiyad in a T20 match between Portugal and Finland played in 2012. Saiyad was 66 years and 12 days at the time.

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