[caption id="attachment_885026" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-885026" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Vivian-Richards-Stadium.png" alt="West Indies, Cecil Wright, Viv Richards" width="628" height="392" /> At one point, Cecil Wright took 538 wickets in five seasons, averaging one every 27 balls. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/cecil-wright">Cecil Wright</a>'s name will not rank alongside <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/west-indies/news/">West Indies</a> legends <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/viv-richards/news/">Viv Richards</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/gary-sobers/news/">Gary Sobers</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/frank-worrell/news/">Frank Worrell</a>, but for longevity he outranks them all. The fast bowler known affectionately as 'Cec' has announced he will retire in two weeks' time at the ripe old age of 85 <p></p> <p></p>Wright, who in his heyday represented Jamaica against Barbados, lining up against Sobers and Wes Hall, moved to England in 1959 and launched a career as a professional in the Central Lancashire League for Crompton. <p></p> <p></p>After three years he decided to stay on in England and settled down after meeting his future wife Enid, then having a son. <p></p> <p></p>Wright, who also played with Richards and Joel Garner, another of the great West Indies pace attack of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has taken over 7,000 wickets during a career spanning more than 60 years. At one point he took 538 wickets in five seasons, averaging one every 27 balls. <p></p> <p></p>"Pretty good going," said cricket Bible Wisden, referring to Wright's stamina. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/jasprit-bumrah-andy-roberts-and-curtly-ambrose-feel-he-couldve-been-a-west-indian-fast-bowler-884924">Jasprit Bumrah: Andy Roberts and Curtly Ambrose feel he could've been a West Indian fast bowler</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>But finally, even he has accepted that the time has come to pull up stumps on his career. "I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn't tell you what it is," he told The Daily Mirror, who estimated that he had played in over two million games. <p></p> <p></p>He once attributed his staying power to his love of traditional no frills Lancashire food such as hot pot. "To be honest I eat anything that's going but I don't drink much, just the odd beer," he was quoted as saying. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/age-is-just-a-number-and-cecil-wright-proves-it-playing-cricket-at-the-age-of-82-447047">Age is just a number and Cecil Wright proves it playing cricket at the age of 82</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains. I don't like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage." <p></p> <p></p>Wright will bring down the final curtain on his career on Saturday, September 7, turning out for Uppermill, near Oldham, against Pennine League side Springhead.