Boland Over-40 and South Africa Over-40 head coach Howard Bergins passed away this week.
Bergins worked with Boland Over-40 during early May 2023’s inter-provincial tournament in Johannesburg.
He was named South Africa Over-40’s head coach for this month’s Africa Cup in Pretoria.
Before moving into coaching, cricket administration and selection, Bergins played 22 first-class matches – for Boland and Western Province – from 1975 to 1987.
“A very, very sad day. Howie was an incredible cricketer, a dedicated family man and a friend to all,” read a statement from the Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa.
“Over the last few years, he dedicated himself to Boland Veterans Cricket and more recently as coach of the South Africa Over-40 squad who will participate in the inaugural Africa Cup in a week’s time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Boland cricket fraternity. RIP, Howie. You will be sorely missed but your legacy will remain with us forever.”
Somerset West Cricket Club added: “We are so saddened by the sudden passing of Mr Howard Bergins,” read a statement from the club.
“May your soul rest in eternal peace, Mr B. If you look down onto all the fields you set foot on, we hope you smile at the lives you touched and the legacy you left. Our sincerest condolences to the family.”