FORMER Scotland cricket vice-captain Con de Lange has died at the age of 38. The South African-born bowler had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2017.

De Lange made his Scotland debut in 2015 and went on to play 13 one-day internationals (ODI) for his adopted country, including the breakthrough maiden win over a Test-playing nation when Zimbabwe were beaten in 2017. De Lange took five wickets in that match. He also captained Scotland when they beat Sri Lanka earlier that year in a 50-over match not recognised as a full ODI.

Having also had coaching and playing spells with clubs Ferguslie and Clydesdale, de Lange, who is survived by Scottish wife Claire and their two children, Daisy and Rory, was a popular figure throughout Scottish cricket. Fundraising efforts in aid of brain tumour charities have so far raised almost £15,000.

Tony Brian, Chair of Cricket Scotland, led the tributes. He said: “Con’s death at such an early age is a tragedy. He was a great servant to cricket in Scotland as well as South Africa and elsewhere, not just in the national team but also at regional and club level with his infectious and inspirational commitment, both as player and coach. 

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“But above all, we will remember Con the man – competitive, committed and the ultimate team player, someone with unshakeable principles and integrity. He will be greatly missed and very fondly remembered by many throughout the world of cricket.

“The thoughts of everyone in the Scottish cricketing community are with Claire, Daisy and Rory.”

Malcolm Cannon, chief executive of Cricket Scotland, passed on his condolences to de Lange's family.

He said: "Con was not only a great player but a huge influence off the pitch, too. His coaching and mentoring of young players, his absolute commitment to strength and conditioning and his positive mental attitude always made for a great experience. His wife Claire and their young family have been through an awful lot in the last year and our love and thoughts are with them."  

Legendary former South African fast bowler Allan Donald also paid tribute to his countryman. He tweeted: “Gutted to hear that Con de Lange has passed away this morning. What a warrior he was and taken so young. My sincere condolences to the family and their two children. RIP Con de Lange.”

De Lange also had a spell with Northants cricket club and former team-mate Alex Wakely said: “Absolutely devastated to wake up to the news that former Northants champ and friend, Con de Lange, has passed away. One of the greatest blokes you will ever meet. Never forgotten.”

More to follow.