Century celebrations for old campaigner Gibson

Fred Gibson scored only 17 runs during his brief first-class career but the former Leicestershire batsman reached a notable century this week, by celebrating his 100th birthday on February 13.

Gibson, who was born and raised in Jamaica, travelled to England in 1944 and saw service in the latter stages of the Second World War with the RAF.

He was stationed near Melton Mowbray and joined the Egerton Park club in the town where he was spotted playing by CJB Wood, Leicestershire’s acting secretary during the war, who was given the task of building a side for the resumption of first-class cricket.

Gibson impressed in one-day matches against Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire in 1945 and was offered match terms for the 1946 season.

In fact, Gibson played only twice. He made his first-class debut against Yorkshire at Headingley in May 1946, scoring four from 24 balls while Leicestershire lost their last seven first innings wickets for four runs in 39 minutes.

His second and final appearance was against Oxford University in The Parks where he managed a couple of singles in the first innings and scored eleven in the second of a drawn match.

Gibson suffered arm and head injuries in a car accident midway through the 1946 season and was not re-engaged by Leicestershire.

He subsequently played club cricket for Loughborough Town, Mountsorrel Castle and Carillon Old Boys.

Gibson is believed to be only the fifth county cricketer to have reached his 100th birthday and follows former Northamptonshire slow left-armer Cyril Perkins, who reached the landmark last June.

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