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Former ND player and Glamorgan coach dies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

Former Glamorgan coach and player John Derrick, who also turned out for Northern Districts in the 1980s, has died at the age of 54.

Derrick, who played over 200 first-class and one-day matches for the two sides between 1983 and 1991 as a seam bowler and lower-order batsman, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last summer.

"Glamorgan CCC, and Welsh cricket as a whole, has lost a great and loyal servant, and the game will be very much the poorer for his passing," a statement on Glamorgan's official website said.

Derrick played four seasons for Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty in the mid to late 1980s and was selected for a handful of Northern Districts games, according to a 2007 article by the Bay of Plenty Times.

His Te Puke team-mates included Chris Cairns, Test batsman Andy Roberts and future Black Caps Test players Matthew and Robbie Hart.

He return to play for the club and Bay of Plenty in 2007 after losing his job as Glamorgan coach, the paper reported.

Cwmaman-born Derrick moved into coaching after his playing career finished and quickly rose through the ranks at Glamorgan.

He was Duncan Fletcher's assistant when Glamorgan won the county championship title in 1997.

Derrick took charge of Glamorgan five years later and steered them to National League titles in 2002 and 2004.

He also led Glamorgan to their only Twenty20 Finals Day appearance in 2004, as well as winning promotion in the county championship.

After being replaced as coach in 2007 he remained in Welsh cricket and was appointed national performance director of the Cricket Board of Wales in 2010.

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