Worcestershire are sad to report that Academy director Damian D'Oliveira passed away in the early hours of this morning.

D'Oliveira has bravely been battling cancer for the past two and a half years.

The 53-year-old, the son of Worcestershire and England legend Basil D'Oliveira, played for the county between 1982 and 1995.

He scored more than 9,000 first class runs, with a highest score of 237, and nearly 5,000 List A runs and was part of one of the most successful sides in Worcestershire's history.

D'Oliveira was also responsible for the discovery of many of the current first team squad which includes his son Brett D'Oliveira.

The players were informed of the news of his death shortly before the start of todays LV County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.

He leaves his wife Tracey and three sons Marcus, Dominic and Brett.