Neesham’s childhood coach died during WC super over

Former Auckland Grammar School teacher and veteran coach David James Gordon drew his last breath after New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham went for a six during the Super Over in an intriguing World Cup final against England.

Neesham's childhood coach died during WC super over
Jimmy Neesham plays a shot.

On July 14, England got the better of New Zealand in a thrilling final on the basis of boundary count to win their first-ever World Cup trophy. The unfortunate Black Caps missed their chance of winning the World Cup because of inferior boundary count after both the 50 overs and the Super Over concluded in ties.

Gordon’s daughter Leonie added that the moment Jimmy Neesham smashed a six off Jofra Archer’s bowling on the second ball in the Super Over on Monday morning (New Zealand time), while chasing England’s super over score of 15, her father suddenly stopped breathing.

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“One of the nurses came in for the final over, the super over, and she said his breathing is changing,” Leonie was quoted as saying by

“You know, I think Jimmy Neesham had just hit that six and he took his last breath.

“He has a quirky sense of humour and he was a real character and he would have loved the fact that he did that,” she added.

“Dave Gordon, my High School teacher, coach and friend. Your love of this game was infectious, especially for those of us lucky enough to play under you. How appropriate you held on until just after such a match. Hope you were proud. Thanks for everything. RIP,” heartbroken Jimmy Neesham tweeted on Thursday.

Gordon’s daughter was deeply touched to see the all-rounder’s rich tribute to his childhood coach and said her dad would have been too. “It was lovely, you know, he’s kept in touch with Jimmy and he is friends with Jimmy’s father. He always had a soft spot for Jimmy Neesham, he was very proud of him.

“He would definitely be following his career.”

It should be noted that David James Gordon coached Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson and several other high school students during his long stint for more than 25-years as a teacher and as a cricket and hockey coach at Auckland Grammar.

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