The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) mourns the passing of the 79-year old Clifford Adams, a former long-serving secretary of the South African Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC) and former coach of the Young Cavaliers who also managed the famous Cape Ramblers soccer club.
Adams passed away on Monday morning after suffering a heart attack.
Funeral arrangement is still to be finalized.
Russell Adams, his son, was manager of amateur cricket at Western Province before he moved to India where he serves in the Indian Premier League.Brian Adams, Russell’s brother, said Adams (sr) was an all-rounder who represented St Augustine Cricket Club, Victoria and Cape Town Cricket Club.
He also played soccer for Aurora and later managed the Cape Ramblers Soccer Club.
Hermann Gibbs, well-known Cape Town-based sports journalist and former editor of the Cape Times, remembered Adams as an excellent administrator who served on the SACBOC national board of directors.
He later coached the Young Cavaliers, and several stars that represented their provinces, emerged and blossomed under the guidance of Adams.
“My son, Herschelle, played a few games for the Young Cavaliers,” he fondly remembered.
“The Ramblers Soccer Club played at the old Green Point Track and was one of those very famous clubs who attracted 20000 to 30 000 spectators who were queuing past the Somerset Hospital for these matches,” he said.
“I don’t think Clifford got the recognition he deserved as an administrator who served as secretary in cricket. He was soft-spoken, friendly, a thinker and a very astute administrator,” he said.
As a coach, he guided many young cricketers to maturity at the Young Cavaliers, who will pay testimony to his impact on their evolving careers, Gibbs said.
“We wish to express our sincere condolences to the Adams-family, to Clifford’s colleagues, players who benefited from his expertise and fellow club players who were privileged to ply their cricketing trade alongside one of the Western Cape’s most beloved sons,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.
“He had a long-standing involvement in cricket in the Western Province. Clifford made an invaluable contribution to the development of the game as administrator in this region and we honour his legacy. He also left his mark on other facets of the game through coaching,” said Beresford Williams, president of the Western Province Cricket Association.