Maurits van Nierop found dead in Cape Town

Fri, Sep 26, 2008 12:05 PM

Former Netherlands international batsman Maurits van Nierop has been found dead in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 25-year old had been working in Capetown, the town where he was born, for the past two years, and playing cricket for local club Claremont.

A police spokesman said they were alerted at 4.45am on Wednesday (September 24) by a security guard who found van Nierop at the base of a wall, adding it was believed he tried to jump off the wall and fell, striking his head. He died at the scene and foul play was not suspected, although the post mortem has yet to be carried out.

The news has devastated the world of Dutch cricket where Van Nierop played for the national side at various age groups, captaining the Under-23s. He made his first-class debut for Netherlands in 2004, scoring 38 and 41 against Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup, going on to play in a further three games between then and 2006. He also made two ODI appearances in 2006-07. His father Albert, who also played international cricket for The Netherlands, is currently a member of the KNCB board.

Van Nierop became the first player from the Netherlands to be taken onto the MCC groundstaff as one of their Young Cricketers in 2001.

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