Cape Town - The sad loss of former South Africa all-rounder cricket legend Clive Rice has been
followed by messages of sympathy and condolence from right across the cricket
Rice passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 66 after a
long battle against illness.
He was captain of the ‘Mean Machine’ as Transvaal became known during its glory years of the 1980s and a first-class cricketer
for almost four decades.
He captained the South African team in their comeback
tour to international cricket in 1991. He was one of the game’s leading
all-rounders with nearly 1 000 first-class and List A matches behind his name.
“As a first in Protea Cricket he will be sadly be missed for
the role he played in Cricket but the legacy he has left behind will soldier
on. Our condolences to his family and the cricket fraternity as a whole”, said
Free State Cricket Union president, Ms Zola Thamae.
“Clive was an outstanding cricketer, captain and mentor to
many players in South Africa. We as a bunch of young Free State cricketers
learned the trade in the changeroom, chatting to a cricket genius like Clive
after a day’s play. Clive, had a special place for the young Free State cricketers
and assisted greatly in the careers of Free State international stars like
Corrie van Zyl, Nicky Boje and Allan Donald.
“We will surely miss you, Clive! On behalf of the cricket
family in the Free State we extend our deepest condolences to his family and
all cricketing lovers across the world!” said Free State Cricket Union CEO,
Johan van Heerden.