Worcs legend loses battle with cancer

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Former Worcestershire middle-order stalwart Damian D'Oliveira passed away on Sunday morning, the club announced, after a long battle with cancer, leaving the club without an academy director.

Former Worcestershire middle-order stalwart Damian D'Oliveira passed away on Sunday morning, the club announced, after a long battle with cancer, leaving the club without an academy director.

D'Oliveira was the son of South-Africa born England legend Basil D'Oliveira, who died in 2011. Damian played for the Pears from 1982 to 1995, after which he took up his role as academy director.

The statement read: "Worcestershire are sad to report that Academy director Damian D'Oliveira passed away in the early hours of this morning. D'Oliveira has bravely been battling cancer for the past two and a half years."

The club added: "D'Oliveira was responsible for the discovery of many of the current first team squad which includes his son Brett D'Oliveira.

"The players were informed of the news of his death shortly before the start of todays LV County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.

"He leaves his wife Tracey and two other children in Marcus and Dominic."

In his 234 first class matches for Worcestershire, D'Oliveira scored 9504 runs, and scored more than 1000 runs in a season four times. In his time as a player, he was part of two county championship-winning sides.

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