'Big Hitter' wicket-keeper batsman Jock Edwards, who has played six Tests and eight ODIs for New Zealand, has passed away. He was 64.
His provincial team Central District Provinces confirmed his demise on Monday. The reasons for the demise are not known. Edwards played 67 first-class matches from 1974 to 1985 from this provincial team.
Edwards was famous for his batting. Edwards' best moment in Test cricket was in Auckland Test in 1978 where he made a solid 55 off 105 in the first innings and followed it up with 54 off 67. He scored half-centuries in both innings against England.
Jock Edwards was an important contributor in regional cricket for Nelson. Edwards was a part of the Nelson side that was dominant in the Hawke Cup – the multi-day inter-zonal competition, which is more than a century old.
Central Districts Cricket Association posted a message on their social media pages extending its heartfelt condolences to his family:
“All the team at CD extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Jock Edwards. An absolute legend of Nelson Cricket who played 8 Tests & 6 ODIs for NZ [Blackcaps]; represented CD [Central Stags] in 67 first-class matches & 31 one-dayers in the 70s & 80s, Jock was also a mainstay of one of Nelson's great Hawke Cup eras, the 14-match tenure that spanned 1979 to 1983 – among many other fine achievements in his career. Rest in peace, Jock.”