22 October 2021

New Zealand cricket's leading umpire has died.

Fred Goodall, who was New Zealand cricket’s leading umpire for two decades, has died aged 83.

Goodall umpired 24 tests and 15 one-day internationals between 1965 and 1988 but was best known as being the victim of an elbow in the back from West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft during their tumultuous tour of New Zealand in 1979-80.

Apparently angered at being called for bowling no-balls and a denied caught-behind appeal, Croft collided with Goodall as he neared the crease after changing his approach to the wicket on day four of the second test between New Zealand and the West Indies at Lancaster Park in Christchurch in February 1980.

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