Durban - The Dolphins join the rest of the globe’s cricketing
fraternity in bidding South Africa’s first ever captain farewell after one of
the game’s most significant leaders passed away in a hospital in Cape Town on
Monday morning at the age of 66.
After a career that included glistening performances not only for South Africa
but Transvaal’s ‘Mean Machine’ of the 1980s as well as Nottinghamshire Country
Cricket Club, the cricketing icon enjoyed a stint with Natal before laying down
his blade and hanging up his boots.
“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Clive Rice,” commented Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet.
“Clive made such an incredible contribution
to cricket in South Africa and we were privileged to have had Clive’s influence
in our own team here in KwaZulu-Natal.”
“From everyone at KwaZulu-Natal Cricket we send our sincere condolences to his
family,” he added.
Rice amassed a hefty 39 831 First Class, List A and ODI runs during his career
while also claiming 1 449 wickets, seeing him become one of the game’s leading
During his time at Natal, Rice touched the lives of many, including some of the
province’s and the country’s most successful all-rounders of the next
“A mentor, a friend, a team-mate, a coach to me, a true gentlemen and a South
African sporting icon,” said former team-mate, South African all-round great
and current Dolphins head coach, Lance Klusener.
“Rest in peace my
“It is very sad to hear of his passing,” added South African legend, Shaun
“I had the great opportunity to utilise his cricketing knowledge to
enhance my experience; Clive was always willing & excited to grow young
“He is a legend of the game and I will always idolise the way he performed.”