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Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Jock Edwards dies aged 64
Jock Edwards 1955-2020

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Jock Edwards dies aged 64

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Jock Edwards breathed his last on Monday at the age of 64.

Edwards earned a reputation as a fierce striker of the cricket ball, enhanced by his quick-fire 47-ball half-century against an Australian attack comprising of Dennis Lillee and Max Walker in 1977.

He made his debut as a specialist batsman at the age of 22 against Australia before being chosen to perform glovework duties in the subsequent series with England.

The following season, Edwards came under criticism for his sloppy show behind the stumps, managing to attract the ire of pundits.

He was soon forced out of the side as Ian Smith emerged as the top candidate for the wicketkeeping job.

Edwards played the last of his eight Test appearances against India in 1981. He additionally turned out for the Black Caps in six ODIs.

He finished his 12-year first-class career in the 1984-85 season, amassing 4,589 runs including five centuries across 92 games.

The Central Districts Cricket Association posted a glowing tribute for Edwards on their social media pages following his tragic demise.

"Jock was a mainstay of one of Nelson's great Hawke Cup eras, holding the Cup in a 14-match tenure from February 1979 to February 1983," their statement read.

"He once hit a yorker from Ewen Chatfield into the lake at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth and famously once put one over the Trafalgar Park grandstand that landed in the back of a Transport Nelson truck. The driver found the ball when he got to Blenheim.

"Jock was a terrific teammate and an entertainer in the game whom we know will be hugely missed. Rest in peace, Jock."