Cricket South Africa (CSA) has paid tribute to another cricket stalwart Richard Dolley, who died at the age of 61 following Covid-19 complications.
The news comes less than 48 hours after former Proteas team manager Goolam Rajah, 74, also died of coronavirus complications.
"This is another sad day for the CSA family," said CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki.
"He was very much in the prime of his life as a cricket administrator and educator, two fields in which he had already offered a great deal to his community.
"The Dolley family is synonymous with cricket in the Eastern Cape. Both his sons, Corbyn and Brad, represented Eastern Province as did his younger brother, Gary, and his nephew, Josh.
"He was unfortunate that his playing career came to an end just as the unity process was being completed, which offered cricketers of all backgrounds the chance finally to live their dreams on the stage they deserved.
"On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues in Eastern Province Cricket and Westering High School, and his friends."
Waking up to the very distressing news of the passing away of Richard Dolley. Senior Dep Principal at Westering HS. Former EP Cricket & Hockey player. A huge loss to our sporting fraternity. Condolences to the Dolley families. RIP Richard. pic.twitter.com/PsTu0lHd5k— Dev Govindjee (@DevMatchRef) July 1, 2021
So sad to hear about Richard Dolley's passing. Compassionate educator at Grey High and Westering and a sports man through and through. Raised Corbyn and Brad so well and I can't imagine how shattered they are to lose their father.— Philasande Sixaba (@psixaba) July 1, 2021
Dolley was an all-rounder during his distinguished playing career, amassing more than 1100 runs and taking 100 wickets for the Eastern Province team.
Before his passing, Dolley was a member of the Eastern Province Cricket Board and was deputy principal of Westering High School in Port Elizabeth.