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Frindsbury Cricket club's shock at murder of former player JP Enslin

By Nicola Jordan

A talented young sportsman who played for Frindsbury Cricket Club has been murdered in
his home country of South Africa.

JP Enslin was heading home from work in the middle of Cape Town when he was shot in the back.

JP – which is short for Jon-Paul – was running away from his attackers, two men and a girl, when he was shot.

JP Enslin
JP Enslin

The all-round cricketer was an overseas member of the successful 2014 Frindsbury team.

Peter Elswood, chairman of the club based at Frogs Island, Upnor, said: “JP was a bowler who batted and was a fantastic fielder.

“He played on our 20/20 cup- winning team at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.

“He spent a lot of time coaching everyone at the club.”

Mr Elswood added that the 28-year-old – an excellent golfer and musician – got on well with his team mates and stayed with a club member in Gillingham during his time here.

He said: “A lot of people kept in contact with him and some had spoken to him as recently as two weeks ago.

"My heart is ripped out... there is no words" - JP's mum Renee Campbell

“It was a big shock to everyone at the club. He played an important part of our success in 2014 and will be much missed by us all at Frindsbury.”

His heartbroken mother, Renee Campbell, posted on social media from her home in the country’s Western Cape province.

She wrote: “Devastation and crime in this country has left another family devastated... and this time it’s mine...

“My heart is ripped out... there is no words.”

JP had recently started a new job as a business development manager at deVere Acuma – an offshore private wealth management firm.

A tribute from the club he played for in South Africa described him as “a religious guy with sober habits”.

It added: “He was a pleasure to have in our team. He will be missed.

“Condolences to his family and all those who played with him.”

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