Jock Edwards, the previous Black Caps wicketkeeper, handed away on Monday (April 6) on the age of 64.
Edwards, well-liked for his big-hitting prowess, made his debut as a specialist batsman in opposition to the visiting Australians in 1977 at Christchurch and sprung into the limelight within the subsequent recreation at Auckland when he smashed an assault comprising of Dennis Lilee and Max Walker to register a half-century in simply 47 balls.
When the English came visiting the next yr, he was handed over the gloves, and he celebrated it with two fifties in both innings of the Auckland Check of 1978. Nevertheless, on the tour to England later that yr, his shoddy glovework got here beneath extreme criticism, and a dip in his batting consistency too, noticed him being dropped from the nationwide facet for 3 years. He did return, however performed the final of his eight Checks in opposition to the touring Indian facet in 1981, earlier than the emergence of Ian Smith pressured him into exile for good.
He additionally performed six ODIs in these 5 years, and opened the batting on debut to attain a 57-ball 41 to information New Zealand to a nine-wicket win in opposition to the Indians.
In a twelve-year-long home profession, Edwards performed a key position within the dominance of Nelson within the interzonal Hawke Cup. Becoming, the Central Stags Cricket Affiliation took to Twitter to pay their glowing tribute.
“All of the workforce at CD prolong our heartfelt condolences to the household & buddies of Jock Edwards. An absolute legend of Nelson Cricket who performed eight Checks & 6 ODIs for the BlackCaps [NZ] & represented Central Stags [CD] in 67 first-class matches & 31 one-dayers within the 70s/80,” they wrote.
“A wicketkeeper-batsman, Jock was a mainstay of considered one of Nelson’s nice Hawke Cup eras, holding the Cup in a 14-match tenure from February 1979 to February 1983. He as soon as hit a yorker from Ewen Chatfield into the lake at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth & famously as soon as put one over the Trafalgar Park grandstand that landed at the back of a Transport Nelson truck. The motive force discovered the ball when he bought to Blenheim. Jock additionally scored a 99 on the identical floor for CD vs Australia, and reached 5 first-class 100s amongst 92 first-class video games in all.
“Jock was a terrific teammate and an entertainer within the recreation whom we all know will likely be vastly missed. Relaxation in peace, Jock.”