• Ex-Cape Cobras cricketer fighting brain tumour

    Former Cape Cobras spinner Con de Lange is battling a brain tumour.

    De Lange, who also represented South Africa’s Knights franchise before forging an international career with Scotland, has been sidelined from professional cricket since late 2017.

    The 37-year-old was diagnosed approximately 10 months ago – and has since undergone operations, radiation and chemotherapy.

    ‘Cricket Scotland continues to support Con and his family and we have respected his wishes for confidentiality throughout this difficult period,’ Cricket Scotland chief executive Malcolm Cannon said in the press release.

    ‘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.’

    The Cape Town-born De Lange has played 13 ODIs and eight T20Is – and snared a telling five-wicket haul in a victory over Zimbabwe in June 2017. The five-for was against his highest profile opposition, amid other matches against Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

    Cricket Scotland and the De Lange family are appealing for donations to The Brain Tumour Charity.

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    Jonhenry Wilson