Ex-cricketer Matthews dies

2013-01-31 23:27

Cape Town - Former South African first class cricketer, Brett Matthews, passed away on Thursday.

Matthews, who was the brother of former Western Province and Proteas fast bowler Craig, was in an induced coma in a Pretoria hospital for a month after being involved in a car accident on New Year’s Day.

The left-arm medium paced bowler represented Western Province, Eastern Province and Transvaal in a first class career which spanned six years between 1984 and 1990. He was 50 years old.

Craig Matthews confirmed the news via Twitter on Thursday.

“Our dear brother Brett passed away this afternoon, RIP, big guy. Thanks for all the support,” Matthews tweeted.


  • antoine.tredoux - 2013-02-01 05:25

    Sad news, our condolences to the family and friends.

  • jacques.viljoen.92 - 2013-02-01 05:35 of the biggest and kindest people I have ever known. Condolences to Craig and Grant.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-01 06:21

    R.I.P Brett!!

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2013-02-01 07:33

    Oh no! What a shock.

  • murraybarbs.bont - 2013-02-01 07:36

    RIP Brett...Our condolences to the family..thanks for the good times we had together watching sport at Old Mutual.....

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-01 08:15

    Condolences to the family and friends.

  • charl.cornelissen - 2013-02-01 08:20


  • Dion - 2013-02-01 08:21

    Sad news. Nice to remember the good old school days though! Condolences to Craig and family.

  • karen.l.september - 2013-02-01 09:49

    He will be greatly missed and we here @ Sweet-Orr are all saddened by his passing. May he R.I.P

  • graham.phillips.52831 - 2013-02-01 10:13

    condolences to the family

  • michelle.blackie - 2013-02-01 10:56

    My deepest condolences to the Matthews family. I was a pupil at Pinelands High during the "Matthews reign" and followed both Brett and Craig's cricket careers with much interest and ardent support. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time

  • trevor.gray.54 - 2013-02-01 11:08

    Really sad to hear of the untimely passing of Brett Matthew. R.I.P!

  • grace.mendes.51 - 2013-02-01 12:37

    It is a privilage and honor to know the Matthews family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Grace Mendes

  • kusturi.bissondut - 2013-02-01 18:48

    R.I.P ...deepest sympathies to the family.

  • abcdewe999 - 2013-02-01 19:37

    We oved the way you played I watched you play at St Georges we will miss you May god take good care and dont bowl him out

  • VicAnth - 2013-02-04 15:44

    Sad news indeed---I hadn't heard of the accident & so knew nothing of the bad time Brett had been thro'. Yes....RIP indeed. Sincere condolences & best wishes, to Craig & the rest of the family..!!

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