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'I can't run too quick!' - NZ's oldest first class cricketer celebrates fine knock of 100 years not out


New Zealand's oldest living cricketer is celebrating a milestone that many only dream of - reaching his century on his one-hundredth birthday, the first New Zealand representative to do so.

Tom Pritchard played once for New Zealand in 1939, and starred for years in English country cricket. Source: 1 NEWS

Tom Pritchard played cricket in a first-class career that went from 1937 through to 1943, notching up 200 games for the likes of New Zealand and Wellington, as well as English county sides Warwickshire and Kent.

Pritchard managed just one game for New Zealand, in 1939 before being involved in World War II, something that the former fast-bowler still holds dear.

"It was one of the proudest things that happened for me," Pritchard told 1 NEWS.

As he sat down to watch Kane Williamson bring up his 16th Test hundred, Pritchard was honoured by the current Black Caps skipper paying him a tribute of his own.

"On behalf of the Black Caps, we want to wish you a happy one-hundredth birthday, not out, fantastic knock," Williamson said.

"We heard back in your day you were a terrorising fast bowler, it'd be good to have you back in the nets if there's a chance." 

Pritchard holds no grudges having had his international career ended by the war, with the centurion meeting his late wife as a result.

"Things couldn't have turned out better for me."

Pritchard took 818 wickets from his 200 first-class matches, at an average of just 23.10.