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Coach and former Auckland Grammar School teacher David James Gordon died after New Zealand all-rounder James aka Jimmy Neesham hit a maximum during the super over in a thrilling World Cup final against England. He was Neesham’s high school coach.
Gordon’s daughter Leonie said, when Neesham hit a six on the second ball in the super over, while chasing England’s score of 15, her father stopped breathing.
She was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz, “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.
She further added, “He has a quirky sense of humour and he was a real character. He would have loved the fact that he did that”.
On Thursday, Jimmy Neesham paid tribute to his high school coach. He tweeted;
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
Leonie was heartened to see the all-rounder’s tribute and said her father would have been too. “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.”