Frail mammoth-hitting New Zealand wicketkeeper Jock Edwards dies at 64 | ESPNcricinfo.com
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Jock Edwards, the frail New Zealand Take a look at wicketkeeper, has died on the age of 64.

A instant, stocky, mammoth-hitter, Edwards made his Take a look at debut in the house Take a look at collection against Australia in 1976-77 as a specialist batsman, sooner than taking the gloves when England toured the following season. He then travelled to England and played The Oval and Trent Bridge Assessments, nonetheless had a unhappy showing on the serve of the stumps. He played the remaining of his eight Assessments against the visiting Indians in 1981, sooner than the emergence of Ian Smith compelled him out.

While his work on the serve of the stumps modified into derided by the local TV commentators on that tour of England, they perhaps saw the stout fluctuate of his batting prowess in the earlier Auckland Take a look at, the build he made a solid 55 off 105 in the predominant innings and adopted it up with 54 off 67. And that wasn’t even his quickest Take a look at fifty: that came against Australia – and the likes of Dennis Lillee and Max Walker – when he hit 51 off 47 with 11 fours. He scored half of-centuries in three of his first six Take a look at innings.

Edwards moreover played six ODIs, between 1976 and 1981, and on one-day debut made 41 off 57 as opener to lend a hand New Zealand to a 9-wicket eradicate against India in Christchurch. In an interview with the Nelson Mail in April 2011, Edwards said of that match: “I be aware after I opened against India in a one-day global, I modified into out to Bishen Bedi [Bishan Singh Bedi] for 41 and Glenn Turner [his opening partner] modified into silent on three or four on the opposite conclude.”

Edwards modified into a predominant contributor in regional cricket for Nelson. He modified into a allotment of the Nelson facet that modified into dominant in the Hawke Cup – the multi-day inter-zonal competitors, which is bigger than a century primitive – between 1979 and 1983.

The Central Districts Cricket Affiliation paid tribute to Edwards on Facebook, writing in glorious terms of his time with Nelson. “An absolute legend of Nelson Cricket who … represented CD in 67 top quality fits and 31 one-dayers in the ’70s and ’80s,” the post learn. “Jock modified into moreover a mainstay of one in every of Nelson’s substantial Hawke Cup eras, the 14-match tenure that spanned 1979 to 1983 – amongst many other gorgeous achievements in his profession. Leisure in peace, Jock.”

Central Districts moreover took to Twitter to delay on Edwards’ Hawke Cup exploits.

… one over the Trafalgar Park grandstand that landed on the serve of a Transport Nelson truck. The driver stumbled on the ball when he got to Blenheim. Jock moreover scored a 99 on the identical ground for CD vs Australia, and reached 5 top quality 100s amongst 92 top quality video games in [../..]

— Central Districts Cricket Affiliation (@CDCricket) April 6, 2020

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