NZC: Obituary – Derek Stirling

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BLACKCAP No.154, Stirling played six Tests and six ODIs between 1984 and 1986, and is best remembered for a strong tour of Pakistan, in which he toiled on unhelpful pitches and took four for 88 at Karachi.

Initially with Central Districts before moving to Wellington, Stirling took six for 75 against Northern Districts on first-class debut, figures he never bettered in a career spanning 84 games and realising 206 wickets

Stirling never played in a Test on home soil, his career comprising the three Tests in Pakistan, the third Test of the 1985 tour of the West Indies, at Bridgetown, and the first and second Test of the 1986 tour of England – the first time New Zealand beat England in a series.

In total he took 13 Test wickets at 46.23 and 206 first-class wickets at 33.72.

Stirling played six ODIs on the 1984 tours of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, respectively, and was considered a decent 50-over player in domestic cricket, taking 90 List A wickets at 22.26, and averaging 14.39 with the bat.

After his playing days, he continued to give back to the game, coaching at junior level and later becoming involved in administration, eventually chairing the Hawke’s Bay District Association board.

Stirling is survived by his mother, Vera Glover; his wife Debbie, and children Daniel, Annie, and Michael.


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