South Africa news October 27, 2013

Cricketer dies after blow to head

ESPNcricinfo staff
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A 32-year-old former South African first-class cricketer has been killed after being struck on the side of the head during a Border Cricket Board Premier League match at Alice in the Eastern Cape.

Darryn Randall was taking part in a match between Old Selbornians and Fore Hare University when he took the blow while attempting a pull shot and collapsed at the crease. He was rushed to Alice Hospital but medical staff were unable to revive him. A Cricket South Africa spokesman confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he had been wearing a helmet as all players are required to do.

Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicketkeeper, tweeted: "Thoughts and prayers go out to the Randalls! Such sad news! Darren was a special boy! Life is short guys! Live it like there's no tomorrow!"

Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said: "This is a very sad day, indeed. I would like to convey CSA's deepest condolences on behalf of the South African cricketing family not just to his family and friends but also to all the players, umpires, clubs and everybody else who was present at this match. CSA will be offering counselling to all those involved."

Randall represented Border, as a wicketkeeper-batsman, in four first-class matches and four List A games during 2009 as well as the various provincial youth teams while a pupil at Stirling Primary and Selborne College in East London. He had established himself as a coach where he was running a highly regarded cricket academy at Stirling Primary School. He is survived by his mother and his fiancée.

In 1998 the former India Test player Raman Lamba died after being struck on the head while fielding at short leg during a domestic match in Bangladesh.

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  • POSTED BY jhabib on | October 31, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    RIP Darryn Randall. You will be in our prayers.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | October 28, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    O ,it is so sad .....very unfortunatly it does happen in cricket or any othar sport...May his soul rest in peace !We are ,with his family ,to condolence.

  • POSTED BY taslu613 on | October 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    This indeed a sad news for all cricket fans and need to be taken seriously.This incident put a big question mark on the producers of helmet.How a batsman could die despite wearing a helmet.Icc should take this matter toughly.Only condolence and grief will not help.this matter should be taken much more seriously.I still remember the incident of raman lamba a indian player died in bangladesh after being struck on the head.may be he was not wearing a helmet.But this case is different. All boards should make sure that cricket gears are safe. Safety of the players should come first. I hope,everyone concern will look into the matter.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 28, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    It is a tragedy. Condolences to his family and friends. Cricket helmets are inadequate for the kind of ball and the speed at which the batsmen face. Look at the the helmet American football players wear. It completely covers their head. Cricketers (and also umpires) should wear similar helmets to prevent tragedies like this.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | October 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    brings back haunting memories of Raman Lamba. RIP Darryn Randall

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    RIP so sad isn't it! i hope CSA gives his family some compensation

  • POSTED BY CharlesCrasto on | October 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    RIP Darryn. Heartiest condolences to the grieving family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    this is a very sad news to hear and my heartfelt condolences to his family and all his friends. may he rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    My comment which I always said and repeat that ICC should look into bowlers bowling SHORT PITCH deliveries. Bodyline is long gone and if a bowler is trying to scare a batsman to get him out, the umpires should intervene and no ball him. Forget wearing helmets or other protective gears. We play the game the gentleman's way fairly not try to hurt each other.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Srini on | October 28, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    RIP Darryn

    Was he not wearing a helmet???????

  • POSTED BY jhabib on | October 31, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    RIP Darryn Randall. You will be in our prayers.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | October 28, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    O ,it is so sad .....very unfortunatly it does happen in cricket or any othar sport...May his soul rest in peace !We are ,with his family ,to condolence.

  • POSTED BY taslu613 on | October 28, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    This indeed a sad news for all cricket fans and need to be taken seriously.This incident put a big question mark on the producers of helmet.How a batsman could die despite wearing a helmet.Icc should take this matter toughly.Only condolence and grief will not help.this matter should be taken much more seriously.I still remember the incident of raman lamba a indian player died in bangladesh after being struck on the head.may be he was not wearing a helmet.But this case is different. All boards should make sure that cricket gears are safe. Safety of the players should come first. I hope,everyone concern will look into the matter.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 28, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    It is a tragedy. Condolences to his family and friends. Cricket helmets are inadequate for the kind of ball and the speed at which the batsmen face. Look at the the helmet American football players wear. It completely covers their head. Cricketers (and also umpires) should wear similar helmets to prevent tragedies like this.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | October 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    brings back haunting memories of Raman Lamba. RIP Darryn Randall

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    RIP so sad isn't it! i hope CSA gives his family some compensation

  • POSTED BY CharlesCrasto on | October 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    RIP Darryn. Heartiest condolences to the grieving family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    this is a very sad news to hear and my heartfelt condolences to his family and all his friends. may he rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    My comment which I always said and repeat that ICC should look into bowlers bowling SHORT PITCH deliveries. Bodyline is long gone and if a bowler is trying to scare a batsman to get him out, the umpires should intervene and no ball him. Forget wearing helmets or other protective gears. We play the game the gentleman's way fairly not try to hurt each other.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Srini on | October 28, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    RIP Darryn

    Was he not wearing a helmet???????

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | October 28, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    So sad indeed as all thoughts go to him and his family. Simply a tragedy.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Very sad news . Condolences to all family members . May his soul rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY Camo_78 on | October 28, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Tragic news and condolences to his family and friends, the bowler and all involved at the game.

    Every time a cricketer steps out on to the field either as a fielder/bowler or as a batter, they know there's a risk of injury. We accept that as players as does every athlete in a sport involving any form of physical contact.

    When a high speed hard projectile is involved, freak accidents unfortunately happen and no amount of protective equipment or regulation can 100% guarantee a player's safety. In a game of split second reactions, a second's hesitation is all that stands between good and bad judgement, from safety to potential injury.

  • POSTED BY on | October 28, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Condolences to his family...My first reaction was: why wasn't he wearing a helmet? But an official confirmed that he was wearing one.

    In the 1962 Indian tour to the West Indies, the Indian batsman, Nari Contractor was felled by a Charlie Griffith bouncer in the test match at Kensington Oval, Barbados. Fortunately he survived after very serious surgery.

    I thought that the use of the helmet would have alleviated the likelihood of serious head injuries in modern-day cricket. But today's events have confirmed that there is still that possibility!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 27, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    He was wearing a helmet, which is even more worrying! New helmet standards come into effect quite soon though, and it is widely recognised that the Ayrtek helmet is the safest around, and with their partnership with Adidas we will see a lot more of them. The most important parts of your kit are the box and the helmet, yet people take them for granted as being safe when they are not always so. On a sadder note, my thoughts are with his family at this time.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | October 27, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Very sad loss of life; not clear whether he was wearing a helmet. Either way, the cricket body has to review the quality and safety of helmets and pass some guidelines, as is done in american football and baseball.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Sad day .... This should be posted at every junior cricket club.

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | October 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Hearty condolenses. May God give his soul a place in Heaven.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 27, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @king78787 something can easily be done! 1. Take evasive action 2. Always keep your eyes on the cricket ball while it is in play.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | October 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    I think that something needs to be done concerning straight, flat hits down the ground and the umpire/ batsmen that could quite easily be killed if the ball is hit hard enough. RIP Darryn.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 27, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    With technology improving rapidly surely they would have made something to stop these unfortunate incidents? Condolences to you and your family.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sad and emotional. can't comment anything. RIP Darryn Randall. God help and bless your family.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Very sad news but why was he not wearing a helmet or was he hit just beneath the helmet? We recently saw Parthiv Patel being hit right on his eye socket in spite of wearing a grilled helmet. Can the helmet designs be improved?

    I have another fear that in the T20 format, one day we might see a bowler being hit by a fierce shot from the batsman. Something like this has already happened in the past when a Zim bowler lost his teeth after being hit by a VD batsman's shot. In the 2nd CLT20, R Ashwin was hit by a shot from Chris Gayle and was very lucky not to get any major injury.

    Paranoia is not the point but the idea is to prevent the sad loss of a player esp when we see the intensity at which T20 is played. I would want ICC to consider making a recommendation to bowlers that they should wear a baseball like face/head safety gear or at least a skull saving gear. Better ve safe & better look ugly than feeling sorry and foolish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Bless him. And condolences to hs family

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  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Bless him. And condolences to hs family

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 27, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Very sad news but why was he not wearing a helmet or was he hit just beneath the helmet? We recently saw Parthiv Patel being hit right on his eye socket in spite of wearing a grilled helmet. Can the helmet designs be improved?

    I have another fear that in the T20 format, one day we might see a bowler being hit by a fierce shot from the batsman. Something like this has already happened in the past when a Zim bowler lost his teeth after being hit by a VD batsman's shot. In the 2nd CLT20, R Ashwin was hit by a shot from Chris Gayle and was very lucky not to get any major injury.

    Paranoia is not the point but the idea is to prevent the sad loss of a player esp when we see the intensity at which T20 is played. I would want ICC to consider making a recommendation to bowlers that they should wear a baseball like face/head safety gear or at least a skull saving gear. Better ve safe & better look ugly than feeling sorry and foolish.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sad and emotional. can't comment anything. RIP Darryn Randall. God help and bless your family.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 27, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    With technology improving rapidly surely they would have made something to stop these unfortunate incidents? Condolences to you and your family.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | October 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    I think that something needs to be done concerning straight, flat hits down the ground and the umpire/ batsmen that could quite easily be killed if the ball is hit hard enough. RIP Darryn.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | October 27, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @king78787 something can easily be done! 1. Take evasive action 2. Always keep your eyes on the cricket ball while it is in play.

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | October 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Hearty condolenses. May God give his soul a place in Heaven.

  • POSTED BY on | October 27, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Sad day .... This should be posted at every junior cricket club.

  • POSTED BY glen1 on | October 27, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Very sad loss of life; not clear whether he was wearing a helmet. Either way, the cricket body has to review the quality and safety of helmets and pass some guidelines, as is done in american football and baseball.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 27, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    He was wearing a helmet, which is even more worrying! New helmet standards come into effect quite soon though, and it is widely recognised that the Ayrtek helmet is the safest around, and with their partnership with Adidas we will see a lot more of them. The most important parts of your kit are the box and the helmet, yet people take them for granted as being safe when they are not always so. On a sadder note, my thoughts are with his family at this time.