Monday, 11 May 2020

Bloemfontein: Free State Cricket yesterday learned of the passing of Ewie Cronje. Cronje served as President of Free State Cricket Union from 1983 to 1990.

Father of the late South African captain, Hansie Cronje, passed in Bloemfontein at age 80.

President of Free State Cricket Union Zola Thamae commented that they have learned with shock the passing of the cricket stalwart Oom Ewie who has spent most of his time on cricket. Oom Ewie will be sadly missed by the cricket fraternity.

“He was a person of integrity who wanted to give fair opportunities to everyone involved in cricket regardless of their background. I remember that he lobbied me in particular to come and start girls cricket way back in 1995 when we were both serving in the Free State Provincial (National Sport Council) NSC in 1994,” Zola said.

“On behalf of the Free State Cricket Board, we wish to send our condolences to his family and the cricket family. May his soul rest in peace.” said Thamae.

“It is with sadness that we have learned of the passing of Oom Ewie Cronje, who is the former president of Free State Cricket Union. We would like to send our condolences to San-Marie, Hester and Frans on their loss. We know these are difficult times, we wish you strength and we thank you very much for allowing Ewie to be part of our lives and of the cricket family,” commented Chief Executive of Free State Cricket Joahn van Heerden.

“Oom Ewie is a great loss for South African sports and for Free State Cricket. He was passionate about cricket and one could always rely on his advice. He always remembered players by the names and stats. His sports stories will always remain with us. Free State Cricket prayers are with the family and friends. May Oom Rest in Peace.” added Vice-president of Free State Xander Snyders.