South Africa news September 11, 2015

Former Eastern Province opener Philip Amm dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Philip Amm's highest first-class score of 214 came at St George's Park in the Currie Cup final of 1988-89 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Philip Amm, who played 118 first-class matches and 138 List-A games between 1982 and 1998, died in Grahamstown, aged 51.

A Cricket South Africa release noted that Amm was "one of the outstanding opening batsmen of the 1980s and early 1990s." He had his finest hour when he struck 214 against Clive Rice's "Mean Machine" attack, helping Eastern Province seal their first Currie Cup title in the 1988-89 season.

Amm represented SA Schools and SA Universities besides plying his trade for Eastern Province and Border. He scored 6860 first-class runs, including 12 centuries and 39 fifties, to add to 4117 List-A runs.

His elder brother, Peter, also played for SA Schools and turned out for Eastern Province B in first-class cricket.

"On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his cricketing colleagues", CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.