44-year-old former EP and Warriors all-rounder Darryl Willemse passes away

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Former Eastern Province and Warriors all-rounder Darryl Willemse died this month.

Willemse suffered a stroke. He was 44 years old.

He was capped eight times at first-class level from 2004 to 2006. This included a debut for the Warriors against the Eagles in November 2005’s SuperSport Series fixture at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. Willemse was also capped by the Warriors in List A cricket.

“Our sympathies go out to his family,” said Cricket Eastern Cape chief executive officer Mark Williams.

“Darryl made a lasting impression on all who played with him and the fans during his relatively short professional career.”

Current Lions head coach Russell Domingo, who worked with Willemse before joining the Proteas, added: “Some of the most enjoyable cricketing memories I have as a coach and as a player are with Darryl Willemse in my team.

“He was the ultimate team player. He always played for the team. Whenever you asked him to do something, Darryl would do it.

“He was a joy to have in your team because he was a great personality.

Everybody loved him. He was always the guy who would perform under pressure. He always gave 100 percent, no matter what level he was playing at.”