John Fulton Reid, one of Auckland and New Zealand’s finest First-Class batsmen, has passed away.
Reid played 19 Tests and 25 ODIs for New Zealand between 1979-86, averaging 46.28 in the test arena. The classy left-handed batsman scored 6 centuries for New Zealand.
For Auckland, Reid featured in 69 First-Class matches, scoring 3733 runs, including five centuries. A wicket-keeper, Reid also claimed 90 catches and 8 stumpings during his 13-year (1975-1988) tenure with Auckland.
A major highlight of Reid’s Test Career was his starring role in New Zealand’s victory over Australia at the Gabba in 1985.
Reid and the late Martin Crowe combined for a then-record 224-run third-wicket stand which helped their side to 553/7 dec. Reid scored 108 and Sir Richard Hadlee would finish with 15 wickets as New Zealand won by an innings and 41 runs.
Reid later became New Zealand Cricket Operations Director, High Performance Manager, as well as caretaker Coach of the National side in the 1995 Centenary season.
During Reid’s time with NZC, he led the establishment of the National High Performance Centre at Lincoln University, which included the development of Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Reid also spent nine years in senior roles at Sport New Zealand, supporting community sport and establishing a national programme to identify and develop young athletes.