Tom Pritchard

New Zealand cricketer

Thomas Leslie "Tom" Pritchard (10 March 1917 – 22 August 2017) was a New Zealand cricketer. He was born in Kaupokonui, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Pritchard played most of his first-class cricket in England.[1] Pritchard was a genuinely fast right-arm bowler and a useful lower order right-handed batsman who played in several matches for Wellington before the Second World War. He said in 2013 that his 1939 memories of a game at the Basin Reserve and of playing for his country were still strong.[2][3]

In March 2017 he became only the third New Zealand first-class cricketer, after John Wheatley and Syd Ward, to reach 100 years of age.[4]

Pritchard died at the age of 100 on 22 August 2017 in Levin, New Zealand of pneumonia-related complications.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tom Pritchard, New Zealand's oldest cricketer, dies aged 100". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. "1939 (sic) memories still strong". Stuff (Fairfax Media). 3 May 2013.
  3. "Former fast bowler holds fond memories of his glory days terrorising batsmen". Stuff (Fairfax Media). 17 August 2017.
  4. Coverdale, Brydon. "It takes a rare cricketer to reach a century, not just make one". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2017.