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Damian D'Oliveira dies after long illness

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club sadly announced the passing of one of their great players, and long serving stalwarts, last weekend.

Damian D'Oliveira died after a long battle with cancer over the last two and a half years. D'Oliveira was Worcestershire's Academy Director and was responsible for identifying a lot of young talent and bringing them through into first-class cricket.

He served the county as a player between 1982 and 1995 scoring 9,000 runs in the
process with a highest score of 237.

Worcestershire hero

He was part of Worcestershire's very successful 1980s side who won two County Championships, two Sunday Leagues and the Benson & Hedges Cup. He was also part of the 1994 NatWest trophy final victory for the New Road side.

Affectionately known as Dolly he comes from a long line of cricketers in his family. His father Basil played for Worcestershire between 1964 and 1980 and also played for England between 1966 and 1972. Basil moved to England in the 1960s from his native South
Africa due to a lack of opportunities for non-whites.

Controversy

However, his selection for England's 1968 tour of South Africa was controversial as it led to a huge political storm, the eventual cancellation of the tour and the isolation of his former
country from sporting participation.

His uncle Ivan also played first-class cricket for Leicestershire in 1967 and his son Brett is currently on the staff at New Road.

Worcestershire announced the death of Dolly to the current playing side shortly before the first day of their County Championship game against Glamorgan on Sunday.

D'Oliveira is survived by his wife and two children.


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