The Sunfoil Dolphins join the rest of the globe’s cricketing fraternity in bidding South Africa’s first ever captain farewell after one of the game’s most significant leaders passed away in a hospital in Cape Town on Monday morning at the age of 66.
After a career that included glistening performances not only for South Africa but Tranvaal’s ‘Mean Machine’ of the 1980’s as well as Nottinghamshire Country Cricket Club, the cricketing icon enjoyed a stint with Natal before laying down his blade and hanging up his boots.
“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Clive Rice,” commented Sunfoil Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet. “Clive made such an incredible contribution to cricket in South Africa and we were privileged to have had Clive’s influence in our own team here in KwaZulu-Natal.”
“From everyone at KwaZulu-Natal Cricket we send our sincere condolences to his family,” he added.
Rice amassed a hefty 39831 First Class, List A and ODI runs during his career while also claiming 1449 wickets, seeing him become one of the game’s leading all-rounders.
During his time at Natal Rice touched the lives of many, including some of the province’s and the country’s most successful all-rounders of the next generation.
“A mentor, a friend, a team mate, a coach to me, a true gentlemen and a South African sporting icon,” said former team mate, South African all-round great and current Sunfoil Dolphins head coach, Lance Klusener. “Rest in peace my friend.”
“It is very sad to hear of his passing,” added South African legend, Shaun Pollock. “I had the great opportunity to utilise his cricketing knowledge to enhance my experience; Clive was always willing & excited to grow young talent.”
“He is a legend of the game and I will always idolise the way he performed.”