Legend Curran laid to rest

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe cricket play and coach Kevin Curran was laid to rest yesterday following a church service at St Georges College Cathedral yesterday. The cremation took place a t private ceremony attended by family and close friends.

The service was attended by ZC hierarchy that included chairman Peter Chingoka, managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa, senior board member Wilson Manase as well as the national team coach Alan Butcher and batting coach Grant Flower, amongst other leading local cricket personalities.

Curran’s ex-teammate Andy Pycroft read a tribute to Curran on behalf of former Zimbabwe and South Africa spin bowler John Traicos, who is now based in Australia.

Curran died after suffering an apparent heart attack while jogging last Wednesday morning in Mutare. His team Mashonaland Eagles was in the city to play against local side Manicaland Mountaineers in a domestic one-day match.

Family and friends spoke highly of Curran and the legacy he lives behind.

Mashonaland Eagles captain Stuart Matsikenyeri was at loss of words.

 “It’s hard to put it in words, we all know the great impact he made on many peoples’ lives and to lose him in such a sudden way is a very traumatic experience,” Matsikenyeri told the Daily News.

Curran’s cousin Kenyon Ziehl, who is the Midwest Rhinos chief executive said:

 “KC was my cousin and the only big brother that I ever had, it is a great loss to the family and Zimbabwe Cricket.”

Tom, Curran, the deceased’s oldest son, was finding it difficult to cope with his father’s death.

 “It’s my first funeral and I never imagined it would be my daddy’s,” Tom said.

 “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say or how I’m supposed to say it. I have been sitting here thinking if I had one last conversation with my dad what would it be, would he tell me to drink beer and not vodka or would he tell me to play straight and carry the innings.”

 The family proceeded to a private burial after the service.

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