The batsman Michael Doman in action for Western Province. Photo: Supplied

CAPE TOWN – Former provincial cricketer and journalist Michael Doman’s funeral is set to take place in Constantia on Saturday.

Doman, who passed away at the age of 57 in the early hours of Monday morning, battled with diabetes over many years.

His family has announced that Doman’s funeral will be held at 10am on Saturday at the Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church at 4 Price Drive, Constantia.

Doman was remembered once more on Tuesday night at Newlands cricket ground at a tribute to another former cricketer, Saait Magiet, who died on July 17.

Tributes to Doman have continued to pour in on social media.

His uncle James Atkins, also a former journalist, wrote on Facebook: “I lost my nephew today, all of 57 years old. He was my eldest sister, Frances’s, son.

“Some say Michael Doman was a terrific cricketer and fine journalist who up to recently was sports editor of the Argus newspaper in Cape Town.

“I see a little boy in a tight short pants with a light blue striped shirt tugging his mother’s skirt, demanding to sit on her lap.

“Not really shy, just sparing with his words, a lifelong trait. Mike did grow up to be a phenomenal batsman, the youngest ever to represent Western Province at cricket. A mere pup of 17 then, with a fully grown bulldog temperament.

“He was concerned about playing with much older players. He wanted to know from me whether he should address some of the senior players by their first names or add “mister.” I had a good laugh.

“There are many more tributes to Michael on social media and I am learning more about my quiet nephew than I knew. At one time today Michael Doman was trending on twitter.

“I last saw him in April, when he helped take the sting off my turning 70. Mike did not like to be teased when he first started losing his hair. But has anyone ever looked better for losing it on top while taking it on the chin?

“Despite health challenges, Mike looked pretty much the same throughout the last decade. A gentleman and a gentle man. Here’s looking at you kid. You will be missed.”

Journalist Riekie Greyling said: “Rest In Peace my dear friend and colleague Michael Doman. Your whole being always had a serene, calming affect on all of us at the Argus. And so will your memory. You were one of a kind.”

Another media man, Murray Williams, added: “Devastated to hear of Michael Doman’s passing. A gentleman, a gentle man indeed. He understood deeply sport is far more than a ballgame; Sport is the expression of: Hope & tenacity Courage & camaraderie. Self-actualization & equal chances Dignity RIP.”

Doman is survived by his wife Lorelle Bell and sons Luke, Jamie and Liam.


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