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Full name Gavin Pattison Pfuhl
Born August 27, 1947, Mowbray, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died April 1, 2002, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 54 years 217 days)
Major teams Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|List A span||1969-1980|
Pfuhl, Gavin Pattison, died in Cape Town on April 1, 2002, aged 54, from a viral complication after a heart transplant. The day before the operation, he had been doing cricket commentary for television. Gavin Pfuhl kept wicket for Western Province when they won the Currie Cup in 1970, 1975 and 1978, and in 95 first-class games between 1967-68 and 1979-80 took 280 catches and made 34 stumpings. He also scored 2,331 runs at 21.58. "He was an excellent keeper in the days when Province had Denys Hobson bowling leg-spin," recalled Ali Bacher, who played for Transvaal against him. Twice, against Rhodesia in 1970-71 and Eastern Province in his final season, Pfuhl held six catches in an innings. He followed up the first instance - in a non-Currie Cup game at Salisbury - by hitting his only century, 117, despite being hit on the head by a Mike Procter bouncer.
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Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?