South Africa news October 27, 2013

Cricketer dies after blow to head

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Jawad on October 31, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    RIP Darryn Randall. You will be in our prayers.

  • Harjinder 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.

  • Taslim 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.

  • vas 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.

  • Aditya on October 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    brings back haunting memories of Raman Lamba. RIP Darryn Randall

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

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

  • Charles on October 28, 2013, 6:06 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Srini on October 28, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    RIP Darryn

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

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