South African mountain biking champion Burry Stander has been killed while practicing, reports indicate. Stander was apparently killed after being hit by a taxi. News of Stander’s death broke on social networking site, Twitter, on Thursday. Cycle Lab Cape Town, a leading cycling retailer in South Africa, confirmed the news.
South African cricket has been rocked by the news of the murder on Wednesday night of former Western Province Cricket Union cricketer, John E. Commins, who played 10 matches for the Western Province between 1961 and 1968. A leg-spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32.
He was 71 years old. Commins was the youngest brother of former Western Province CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins who represented the Proteas in the 1990s. Western Province Cricket Union President Beresford Williams expressed ‘shock and horror’ at his passing and extended the condolences of the entire cricket family in South Africa to his family. The flags at Newlands for the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand have been lowered in tribute to him.