Cape Town Current and former players of the Cape Cobras have paid tribute to former all-rounder Con de Lange who sadly lost his battle with a brain tumour last week.
Former team-mate Rory Kleinveldt led the tributes to De Lange. He tweeted:
JP Duminy, who played with De Lange as well, concurred.
A talented all-rounder, De Lange was a middle-order batsman, a slow left-arm spin bowler and an excellent fielder who played for Boland, the Cape Cobras, the Knights, Northamptonshire and Scotland.
In his first class career he scored nearly 3 000 runs at an average rate of 23, including one century and 13 half centuries, while as bowler he took 183 wickets at an average of 38.
Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Cape Cobras, said he was a great servant of the game and he came to know De Lange on a tour to Zambia in 2006.
"A very good player and a very good spinner who had the potential to play for the country," he said. "He was a fighter," Dien noted.
Andre Odendaal, former CEO of the Cape Cobras, said he found De Lange to be a fantastic young player who did not shirk the hard work and was an honest toiler.
"He was a very solid all-rounder. It was with a sense of shock and sadness that I learned the news of his passing the past week.
"He was one of the players who helped made the success of the Cape Cobras brand possible," Odendaal noted.
Graeme Smith, former Proteas skipper, tweeted:
Jacques Kallis, another former Proteas and Cobras legend, added: