Impressive career in Lancashire Leagues August 17, 2007

Cec Abrahams dies aged 75

Cricinfo staff

Cecil Abrahams, who played with Basil D'Oliveira's South African non-racial team against Kenya in the 1950s, has died in Manchester aged 75.

He was a fast-bowling allrounder who played club cricket for Trafalgar in Cape Town and Western Province under the auspices of the South African Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC).

Abrahams left South Africa to play in the Lancashire Leagues, where he played with much success for Milnrow, Radcliffe and Oldham.

Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket South Africa, said: "On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Cecil Abrahams.

"He was an outstanding all-round sportsman, and cricket is most grateful that he chose our game as his main sport. Apartheid denied him the chance to reach his full potential as a South African international cricketer, yet he has left a mark that history will record for posterity."