Namibia news April 18, 2012

Namibia's Louis Vorster dies in armed robbery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Louis Vorster, the Namibia and South Africa domestic batsman, has died after being shot during an armed robbery in Gauteng.

Vorster, 45, was shot by robbers at a fuel station on Tuesday night, while in Gauteng on business, South African papers reported. He had been pulling out of the fuel station in his car when his path was blocked, Gauteng police lieutenant colonel Tshisikhwawe Ndou was reported to have said. He was then shot and a package taken from his vehicle.

South-African born Vorster had moved to Namibia five years ago and went on to represent the country. A left-hand batsman, he played 95 first-class matches and 96 List A games, the last of which was in October 2009. In Namibia, he had played a role in the coaching and development of young players.

Cricket South Africa expressed its sadness, saying that Vorster would be best remembered for his 174 for Clive Rice's Transvaal side against Western Province in the traditional New Year's match in Cape Town in 1988.

"It is a very sad day for Southern African cricket," Jacques Faul, the CSA CEO, said. "Louis did a great deal for cricket both in South Africa and Namibia where he played for and coached the national team.

"In the South African context he was the first top player to come out of the North West area and he and his father, who was a leading coach at Volkskool Potchefstroom where Louis went to school, were pioneers in making cricket the popular sport it is at Afrikaans-medium schools today."

Several cricketers tweeted condolences and about their shock at the incident.

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  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Watched him play for Northerns against Natal at Kingsmead, was a solid middle order batsman. This is the thanks that those South Africans who murdered him gave to a man who did so much for local cricket. So senseless.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Terrible news! Rest In Peace! :(

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Shocked and saddened. The emergence of Namibia in the recent 20/20 series was a real highlight .... and cricinfo - this should be on the main page .....

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    A favourite teammate, cherish the mid-pitch and changeroom chats, whether in yellow or sky-blue - Thanks for the memories, and condolences to your loved ones.

  • ultra on April 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    This is all so very very sad. Rest in peace, young prince.

  • Rob on April 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    What a complete waste of a decent man's life. A tragic snap shot of modern day Joburg. RIP

  • Unmesh on April 18, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Amit on April 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    RIP.very sad news,hope culprit get caught nd sentence

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    R.I.P Louis Phillippus Vorster 1966-2012.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    A very sad news indeed! :(:(:(

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