Don Neely Obituary: Don Neely, a former Black Caps selector and president of New Zealand Cricket (NZC), died on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the age of 86.
Don Neely Obituary
Neely was a well-known cricket historian and author, as well as a life member of the New Zealand Cricket Club, a trustee of the New Zealand Cricket Museum, and a former president of both the NZC and Cricket Wellington.
Following Neely’s death, the cricket world has been inundated with tributes and condolences.
Cricket Neely devoted a significant portion of his life promoting and working for cricket in the region, and Wellington was eager to pay respect to him. Don Neely Obituary
The organization wrote on social media;
“Don dedicated his life to cricket as a player, administrator and historian, and the Basin Reserve scoreboard is named after Don in his honor. Our thoughts are with his wife Padianne, his family and friends.”
Neely also served as a New Zealand selector for 14 years, including seven years as the convener of selectors.
In the 1995 New Year Honours, Neely was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, and in the 2011 New Year Honours, he was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, both for services to cricket.
The Basin Reserve debuted a new electronic scoreboard in 2008, which was formally dubbed the Don Neely Scoreboard after Don Neely.