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February 19, 2012
Peter Sharp, the former Canterbury offspinner, commentator and cricket administrator, has died at the age of 72. He was suffering from cancer.
Sharp played eight first-class matches over two seasons, taking 21 wickets at an average of 26.90. He began his 45-year commentary career in 1966, after the end of his first-class stint, and was also involved in coaching. He was awarded the Sutcliffe Medal for outstanding services to cricket in 2006.
"Peter has been a great servant of cricket in this country, firstly as a first-class player before forging a long and successful career as a cricket commentator," New Zealand Cricket president Dennis Currie said. "He was a highly regarded administrator, being a former NZC Board member, former president of Canterbury Cricket and as a selector for the province.
"Peter was instrumental in the grassroots area of the game, establishing the modified game of Kiwi cricket in New Zealand and Canterbury Cricket, as well as a doing a great deal of outstanding work with coaches in the Canterbury area. We will always treasure the great contribution he made in many different ways to cricket in this country."
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