12 Aug 2010

Carisbrook stumped over Sutcliffe's ashes

10:24 pm on 12 August 2010

One of New Zealand's greatest cricketers is proving as difficult to shift in death as he was in life.

Attempts to find and relocate Bert Sutcliffe's ashes have failed because no one recorded where they were buried at Carisbrook in Dunedin nine years ago.

The ground is being redeveloped and the Sutcliffe family agreed for the ashes to be relocated to University Oval, the headquarters for cricket in the city.

The ground has been prodded with turf probes, combed by a metal detector and swept by a sonar device, all to no avail.

Sutcliffe, a left-hander, was regarded as one of New Zealand's most elegant batsmen. He played 42 tests, scored five centuries and had an average of 40.1.