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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 17:14
Richard McCarthy   John Carruthers
Richard McCarthy has taken 1,036 league wickets   John Carruthers finished with 1,014 league wickets


Two of the finest fast bowlers in the JCT600 Bradford League's recent history made their final first-team appearances on Saturday.

For 53-year-old Bradford & Bingley stalwart Richard McCarthy, it was his last-ever game, as he declared closed a glittering career which has seen him take 1,036 league wickets.

But Hanging Heaton's John Carruthers is expected to appear for his club's second team now that he has called time on his first-team days with 1,014 wickets to his name.

McCarthy, who arrived 26 years ago as a tearaway Australian fast bowler who had played for Victoria, bowed out by taking 4-58 in his last match as his side suffered a 113-run defeat by relegated Saltaire.

Carruthers, 45, opened the bowling for Hanging Heaton and took 2-30 as his side bowled out Undercliffe for 72 to secure a 116-run win.

Both men will be remembered for their endeavours for their clubs. McCarthy showed the sort of loyalty few clubs ever see from an overseas player while Carruthers will go down as the top English bowler of his generation.

In their pomp, both men were fast, fiery and a real handful for batsmen. As age has taken the edge from their pace in recent years they have become more wily in their pursuit of wickets.

JCT600 Bradford League chairman David Young said: "It is sad to be saying farewell to two of the finest bowlers the league has seen.

"Both Macca and JC have given great service to their clubs and provided great entertainment for followers of JCT600 Bradford League cricket.

"We have all been priveleged to see them play and I am sure that followers of JCT600 Bradford League cricket will join ,me in wishing them happy retirements. They have been a credit to the league and to their clubs. They are role models for our next generation of cricketers."

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