Regardless of a breathtaking show, a tie in ICC World Cup 2019 final was heartbreaking for New Zealand, who lost to England over number of boundaries. The outcome turned out to be even more dismaying for all rounder Jimmy Neesham, as his childhood cricket coach died during the Super Over of the final.
Jimmy Neesham’s coach David James Gordon, who went through a heartattack five weeks ago died after the New Zealand all rounder hit a six during the Super Over on Sunday, his daughter Leonie Gordon claims that her father’s breathing changed during the Super Over and that he probably took his last breath after Neesham had hit the maximum.
“One of the nurses came in for the final over, the super over, and she said his breathing is changing. 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 told stuff.co.nz.
Jimmy Neesham paid homage to his high school coach on Thursday, stating,“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”
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— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 17, 2019
Talking about her father’s relationship with Neesham, Leonie asserted,“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.”
The Kiwis and the host England were tied at 241 at the end of 50 overs and both the teams put up 15 runs in their specific Super Overs. However, England were crowned winners as they scored more boundaries.