Ross Dykes, one of the great servants of cricket in New Zealand and New Zealand Cricket, has died in Auckland, aged 75.
Dykes played 31 first-class games between 1967 and 1977, effecting 81 dismissals and making 723 runs at an average of 20.
A solid wicket-keeper batsman for Auckland, Dykes debuted against Canterbury in December 1967, playing alongside Auckland legends Terry Jarvis, John Sparling, Graham Vivian, Hedley Howarth and Bob Cunis.
The Auckland University Cricket Club Life Member made the move from behind the stumps post-retirement to begin his long service as a selector; first, a 12-year stint with Auckland, then a stretch on the New Zealand panel between 1990 and 2005 – broken only by a year off in 1993.
An Auckland man through and through, Dykes acted for several years as an NZC match referee, overseeing first-class games, List A matches, and women’s internationals – including many matches at Eden Park.