CAPE TOWN – His playing career may have been cut short by injury, but Michael Doman was a “true professional” who still made his mark in the cricket and sporting world until his untimely death in the early hours of Monday morning.
Cricket South Africa joined the multitudes in the cricket and media fraternities to pay tribute to Doman, 57, who passed away from diabetes-related illnesses.
Doman played for Western Province and Transvaal in the Howa Bowl competition, playing 14 matches as a batsman between 1977 and 1983.
But a long-standing back problem ended his journey on the field, and also hampered him off it in years to come.
Doman, though, followed in the footsteps of his father Ted by becoming a journalist, firstly as a news reporter at the Cape Herald, and then as a cricket writer at the Cape Argus.
He eventually became the paper’s sports editor, and was Independent Media’s Cape Sports Co-Ordinator when he died.
“Michael made a big contribution to cricket, first as a player and later as journalist,” Cricket SA chief executive Thabang Moroe said in a statement on Monday.
“He was a true professional, whose writings were highly respected by both players and administrators.
“On behalf of the CSA Family, I extend our deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and his many colleagues in the cricketing and media world.”
Head of Independent Media Sport, Jermaine Craig, said in a statement on Monday: “Michael was a fine journalist and cricket writer, who led our Group’s cricket coverage.
“He came from a proud lineage of journalists who left an indelible mark on our company, with his father Ted Doman a revered former Cape Herald Editor.
“As head of our Cape region and as a senior member of our Independent Media Sport leadership team, Michael was in cricket parlance ‘a safe pair of hands’ in the slip cordon in an industry where the ball was often flying off the edges.
“His professionalism, humility, calm demeanour and silent but strong leadership will be missed, and we extend our most sincere condolences to his family.”
Doman is survived by his wife Lorelle Bell, and sons Luke, Jamie and Liam.