Bears honour Donald again

Allan Donald while he coached at Kent in England PHOTO: BRENDEN KEMP/GETTY

The Proteas and Free State cricketing great, Allan Donald, has been honoured by his former county team, Warwickshire, for a third time.

The VKB Knights head coach and ICC Hall of Famer was named as Warwickshire’s greatest fast bowler of all time.

Donald told Bloemfontein Courant that the late-great Bob Woolmer was the driving force behind his success.

“When Bob Woolmer was on the scene and came into Warwickshire, I think he changed things around for me. The way I looked at things, my preparation, my motivation and drive were all a big factor in Warwickshire’s success.

“To be involved in three of these accolades is just extremely humbling. It is just a magnificent club that has given me a lot of stuff to work with, and their faith in me over the years has paid off.

“I don’t know what more you can say thank you for. It certainly has been a great journey.”

Donald played for the Bears for 13 seasons, from 1987 to 2000, and in that time took 536 first-class wickets at an average of 20.82. In One-day cricket, he took 245 wickets at an average of 19.21.

He was recently named as Warwickshire’s best overseas player of all time, while he and Gladstone Small were named as the best opening pair of all time. – MORGAN PIEK