Former WP spinner murdered
Cape Town - South African cricket has been rocked by the news of the murder on Wednesday night of former Western Province Cricket Union cricketer, John E. Commins, who played 10 matches for the WPCU between 1961 and 1968.
A leg-spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32. He was 71 years old.
Commins was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.
WPCA President Beresford Williams expressed ‘shock and horror’ at his passing and extended the condolences of the entire cricket family in South Africa to his family.
The flags at Newlands for the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand have been lowered in tribute to him.