South African cricketer Darryn Randall dies after being hit on head during First-Class match

Darryn Randall also run a cricket academy © Getty images

Johannesburg: Oct 28, 2013 

South African cricketer Darryn Randall died on Sunday after being hit on the head while batting in a Premier League match.

Randall, 32, was hit on the side of the head in attempting to pull a short delivery during a match between Old Selbornians and Fort Hare University, held under the auspices of the Border Cricket Board, at Alice.

He collapsed immediately and was rushed to the Alice Hospital where the medical staff was unable to revive him.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) condoled the death of Randall, who represented Border in four First-Class matches as well as the various provincial youth teams.

“This is a very sad day, indeed,” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

“I would like to convey CSA’s deepest condolences on behalf of the South African cricketing family not just to his family and friends but also to all the players, umpires, clubs and everybody else who was present at this match. CSA will be offering counselling to all those involved,” Lorgat added.

Randall had established himself as a coach of note, running a highly regarded cricket academy at Stirling Primary School where he had once been a pupil.

He is survived by his mother and his fiancee.