EASTERN Province cricket is mourning the loss of one of its sons, Alexander Douglas, who died last week.
“Alec”, as he was affectionately known, passed away on July 16 at the age of 74.
Douglas played under the Eastern Province banner from 1972 to 1974 and turned out for the club Stardust during that period.
He played his cricket during the apartheid era and had the political climate in South Africa been different then Douglas might have played in national colours.
Close friend and former teammate Maurice Wilson knew Douglas for a long time. The two played together for Eastern Province.
Wilson described Douglas as a solid opening batsman, better at batting than he was at bowling.
“Cricket meant everything to him and he loved the game, sometimes a bit too much.”
Another former teammate, Desmond “Bravo” Jacobs, remembered Douglas as a fun-loving person who was always ready to crack a joke.
Douglas also had a never-say-die attitude. “He told me, if a bowler bowls you on the body, whatever you do, don’t run, don’t show any fear.”
Douglas made his final first-class appearance in a Dadabhay Trophy match in 1974. By then he had played a total of seven first-class matches, scoring 288 runs in 13 innings. He scored two half-centuries, with his highest score 69 not out. – Amir Chetty