Harold Stapleton, Australian cricketer, died at 100

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rth67rtg7y56g54gHarold Vincent Stapleton, born January 7, 1915 and died September 24, 2015.

Harold was an Australian cricketer who played a single first-class match for New South Wales in 1941.

He was one of only two Australian first-class cricketers to live past the age of 100, the other being Ted Martin.

Born in Kyogle, New South Wales, Harold played in a number of minor matches during the 1930s, including for Lismore, Northern New South Wales, and the New South Wales colts and second XI teams.

Harold played his single first-class match for New South Wales against South Australia in February 1941, the final match of the war-interrupted 1940–41 season.

He scored one run in New South Wales’ only innings, and failed to take a wicket from ten eight-ball overs, opening the bowling with Vic Jackson.

Harold enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in April of the same year, serving as a corporal in the Australian Army.

Having served in New Guinea, Harold was discharged from service in January 1946, and took up employment with an oil company based in Wollongong.

He continued to play cricket with St George in the Sydney grade cricket competition, and finished his career with 2,242 runs at an average of 32.49 and 93 wickets at an average of 17.56.

On the death of Ernie Crossan in August 2009, Harold became the oldest living New South Wales cricketer.

Until his own death in September 2015, he was the oldest living Australian first-class cricketer, and the oldest lived New South Wales cricketer, surpassing George Moore, who died at the age of 96 years and 171 days.

Harold died at age 100 on September 24, 2015.

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