Former Sri Lankan first-class cricketer, Norton Fredrick, dies at 73 – Cricket News Update
Following the recent demise of the former Sri Lankan skipper, Gamini Goonasena (80), the island’s cricketing fraternity lost another of its admirable player, the former first class cricketer, Norton Fredrick. The Lankan passed away at the age of 73, on August
10, in his home in Wattala, following an incurable illness.
Born in 1937, Fredrick earned a colourful career, both, inside and outside the world of cricket. After his schooling, the Lankan went on to join the Statistics Investigation Establishment, following which he went on to serve for the Labour Department and
then as welfare officer to the Prison Department.
However, as a cricketer, Fredrick’s break came in 1964, after being selected to play for the Gopalan Trophy in Colombo. For the matter, the late cricketer once stated, “It was a very memorable baptism for me. The match was played at the Colombo Oval – Sara
Stadium. I bowled well and took a hat-trick. I still remember the three victims – R. Ramesh, V. V. Kumara and G. Thomas. I played two Gopalan games in 1964 and 1965. It was a wonderful experience. We played for the love of the game”.
The following year, Fredrick played for the All Ceylon team, before the country gained official Test status. The match came as an unofficial Test fixture against the Indian hosts in 1965, but turned out to be a real memorable one for Fredrick.
The Lankan pacer offered an exceptional run with the ball, eliminating the Indian top order, paving his side into a landmark win as the first ever win against India on its home soil. Fredrick earned a 4 wicket-haul in the opening innings, followed by 3 for
24 in the second.
With a modest cricketing career to his name, spanning over four year, the player earned a notable goodwill in the country’s cricketing fraternity. Fredrick was known for his inform physique and for producing quick deliveries, earning him the name of ‘Fiery
Apart from All Ceylon, Fredrick also served with the national clubs, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club.