Scotland all-round cricketer Con de Lange has died at the age of 38 on Thursday, 18 April after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. The South African born player began his career in 1998 and recorded 175 first-class wickets including domestic cricket.
The left-arm spinner registered 21 international caps for Scotland after making his debut in a Twenty20 International against Ireland in June 2015. he was a vital part of his national side’s middle order. Lange took 24 wickets, with his best performance being the 5/60 against Zimbabwe in Edinburgh in June 2017. Following that, he played five matches against Papua New Guinea in Dubai after which he was sidelined for health reasons which was not made public at that time.
Apart from international games, de Lange also played domestic cricket for Cape Cobras and Knights in South Africa, and Northamptonshire in England.
In October last year, his family revealed the cricketer’s ailment and also launched a campaign to raise money for the brain tumour society.
At the time, Malcolm Cannon, Cricket Scotland CEO, said, “Con has been a superb servant to the game of cricket in Scotland and is a very popular member of the squad.
“We are now delighted to help the cause by spreading the word throughout the broader cricketing family both at home and overseas and we know there will be an overwhelming level of support from this close-knit community.”
de Lange has his wife and two children. Following the news of his demise, the cricketing fraternity extended their condolences on social media:
(With inputs from ICC)