Officials hunt cricketer`s ashes in stadium turf

Wellington: Bert Sutcliffe was one of New Zealand`s finest cricketers. In death as well as life, he is proving a hard man to get out at Carisbrook.

Sutcliffe scored many of his 17,447 first-class runs at the Dunedin stadium. When he died in 2001 aged 77 some of his ashes were scattered at Carisbrook, the rest interred beneath its turf.

With the construction of a new Dunedin stadium, Otago Cricket sought permission from Sutcliffe`s family to re-inter his ashes at another Dunedin ground. However, finding Sutcliffe`s ashes has proved difficult because no one recorded exactly where they were interred.

Sutcliffe`s son Gary said Thursday: "Dad`s ashes are proving as elusive as bowlers found taking his wicket."

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