CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has heard with great sadness of the passing of Thomas (Tommy) Gertze on Friday, 9 May 2014, at the age of 67.
He was one of four Griqualand West cricketers to play in a representative match for a South African Coloured Cricket Association (SACCA) XI against the South African African Cricket Board (SAACB) in 1967. He also played in the inaugural South African Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC) under-23 tournament in 1969.
The same year he played for the Griqualand West Invitation team against the Basil D’Oliveira XI in a festival match in Kimberley.
As an all-rounder, he earned a reputation for his explosive batting, never using batting gloves. He was a medium-fast bowler, who generated a lively pace. He was offered an opportunity to play cricket in England but his mother was against the idea.
A talented all-round sportsman he represented Griquas in the SA Rugby Union inter-provincial competition and played soccer for the Wanderers Club.
“Griqualand West is one of the oldest cricket-playing provinces in South Africa with matches dating back to the 1880s and they were stalwarts in growing the game in disadvantaged communities throughout this time,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“Thomas was one of the outstanding players they produced in the 1960s and we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
“On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our heart-felt condolences to his family, friends, cricketing colleagues and all the people who were close to him and who were touched by his life.”
He is survived by his three daughters, Michelle, Carmen and Iris, and his sister, Beryl Moss.