What has been planned as an occasion for joy and the sharing of memories has been plunged into sorry by the murder last night of former Western Province Cricket Union cricketer, John E. Commins, who played 10 matches for the WPCU between 1961 and 1968, and had accepted the invitation to attend the Players’ Day. A left-arm leg spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5 for 32. He was 71 years old.
WPCA President Beresford Williams expressed ‘shock and horror’ at his passing and extended the condolences of the entire cricket family in South Africa to his family. The flags at Sahara Park Newlands have also been lowered in tribute to him.