CSA mourns Louis Vorster

2012-04-18 13:37

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday expressed its shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Louis Vorster at the age of 45 as the victim of an armed robbery outside Pretoria on Tuesday.

Vorster was an extremely talented left-handed batsman who first came to the fore when he was selected for the SA Schools Tour of England in 1983. He went on to represent Transvaal and Northerns as well as having stints abroad for Namibia, Matabeleland and Worcestershire whom he represented in their tour match against the West Indies in 1988.

His first-class career, in fact, spanned more than two decades as his last first-class appearance for Namibia was at the start of the 2009-10 season.

He will be best remembered for the innings of 174 he played for Clive Rice’s powerful Transvaal side against Western Province in the traditional New Year’s match at Sahara Park Newlands in 1988. He had a career best first-class score of 188 for Northerns B.

A true all-round sportsman he represented Western Transvaal at the 1984 Craven Week in Bloemfontein at fly-half and also Pretoria University at under-20 level.

Away from cricket he was a successful businessman with interests in South Africa before he went farming with his father in Namibia.

“It is a very sad day for Southern African cricket,” commented CSA CEO Jacques Faul. “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.

“On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest sympathy to his family.”