Namibia's Raymond van Schoor dies after stroke
Namibian international Raymond van Schoor has died today in hospital in Windhoek after suffering a stroke during a game for Namibia on Sunday.
Van Schoor was playing for Namibia in a Cricket South Africa Provincial One-Day Challenge match against Free State at Wanderers Cricket Club in the Namibian capital when he collapsed whilst batting on Sunday. He had scored 15 from 16 balls at the time.
Cricinfo quotes team mate Nicolaas Scholtz - batting with van Schoor at the time - as saying that he was complaining of dizziness and a headache and had asked for water to be brought onto the field. Conditions were hot, and van Schoor collapsed, being rushed to hospital afterwards.
Scans revealed that he had suffered a stroke, and also showed swelling in the brain. He was taken into intensive care. Reports initially suggested he was in a coma, but Cricket Namibia later said that wasn't the case. A statement from Cricket Namibia president Richard Frankle earlier today said that his condition had deteriorated, and he eventually announced his death at 19:17 local time.
Raymond van Schoor was born in Namibia in May 1990, into a cricketing family. Father Melt van Schoor represented Namibia at the 2003 World Cup, and Raymond had his first taste of representative cricket two years later when he played in a regional Under-15 tournament. He made an immediate mark, scoring 123 in a match against Malawi during the event.
After coming up through the age groups, he made his debut for the senior Namibian side against North West in October 2007, aged 17. His first-class debut was a few days later in an Intercontinental Cup match against Canada. He played in the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.
He soon established himself in the national side, barely missing a game for the rest of his career. He was a regular wicket-keeper, but was also able to turn his arm over with some off spin from time to time.
Perhaps the highlight of his career came during the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier when he was named player of the tournament. He topped the batting averages for the event with 324 runs at 54 and also took 6 wickets at 19.16.
In all, excluding tournament warm-up games, he represented his country 299 times over an eight year international career. He played 92 first-class matches, 103 List A matches and 70 Twenty20 matches. His highest score was an innings of 157 - one of five first-class centuries - in an Intercontinental Shield match against Bermuda in 2010.
That match saw him share in a 357 opening partnership with Ewald Steenkamp, the highest opening partnership in Intercontinental Cup/Shield history. He also spent a couple of seasons playing club cricket in England.
Tributes have been coming in on social media from across the associate cricket world from teammates and opponents alike.