Worcestershire's oldest surviving former player dies aged 93

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WORCESTERSHIRE'S oldest surviving former cricketer has died aged 93.

Norman Whiting, who made 59 appearances for Worcestershire County Cricket Club after making his debut shortly after the end of the Second World War, passed away on Sunday.

He achieved his highest score of 118 against Essex at Romford in 1950 and was 12th man in a match involving one of the sport's greatest ever players, Don Bradman.

After retiring from cricket he regularly used to visit the club's Worcester headquarters at New Road, a stone's throw from his St John's home, to watch matches as a spectator.

His death was announced during Worcestershire's AGM on Monday night.

“It’s very sad news," said the club's president, John Elliott.

"Norman was a great friend of mine and of the club - a legend at New Road.

“Back in 1948, he was 12th man for Worcestershire when Don Bradman played his final game for the Australians at Worcester.

“Norman has always been around the club for all of those years. He was a wonderful Worcestershire man and was an outstanding league cricketer for many years."

Mr Whiting captained Worcestershire's Second XI side for two seasons while aged over 50.

"What a tremendous guy and a superb supporter of Worcestershire cricket," said Mr Elliott.

“He was always here at Worcester and it will be a very sad loss next season when we come to the ground and he won’t be around. We will miss him greatly.

“Norman was never married and, as a bachelor, he spent all of his time at New Road, as well as following England around the world.”

Mr Elliott said the funeral will take place on Monday, March 17.

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