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We are sorry to record that the former Sussex Cricketer Denis Foreman passed away recently, after a long illness, aged 83.

Denis Foreman became the first non-white South African to play first-class cricket in England when he joined Sussex in 1952. Denis had already played three first class matches for Western Province when he was spotted playing football in Cape Town by a Brighton & Hove Albion scout, who offered him a contract to play in England. He was met at Southampton by Billy Lane, the Brighton manager and their captain. On his second night in England he was taken along to the Hove Montefiore Cricket Club annual dinner. He received such an unexpected and hearty welcome at that dinner that he continued to refer to it for the rest of his life.

Denis played in 130 matches for Sussex over 15 years as a middle-order batsman, top scoring with 104 against Notts at Hove in his final season. He scored 3,277 first-class runs with an average of 18, having played in the era of uncovered pitches. Foreman – who was capped in 1966 – also took nine wickets with his off-cutters and had best figures of 4-64. He was also a safe pair of hands in the field with 124 catches. .

Not only did he excel in cricket, but he was also a popular footballer, and as a dashing outside left scored 69 goals in 219 games for the Albion between 1952 and 1966. He played for Sussex when one could combine two professional sporting careers and, at the end of August, Don Bates and he would make their way to the Goldstone Ground and then would make the return journey to the County Ground in May. Foreman later became Sports Master at Shoreham College. A charming man, he made friends easily and will be much missed.

Denis leaves his wife Marlene, and three children, Kevin, Debbie and Michael, as well as eleven grandchildren. Sussex Cricket sends our condolences to the family

His funeral will take place this Thursday 4th August at Worthing Crematorium at 11.40am. Attendees are asked to wear bright colours. Family flowers only are requested but donations, if desired, can be sent in Denis's memory to - 'Martlets Hospice' via or

c/o Ian Hart Funeral Service Ltd
92-94 Broadwater Street West,
Worthing, West Sussex
BN14 9DE
Tel: 01903 206 299

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