Shock at Eff­in­g­ham crick­eter’s sud­den death

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

A MUCH-loved friend and fa­ther of two died af­ter be­ing taken ill at a cricket match in Newdi­gate on Satur­day.

Eff­in­g­ham Cricket Club said that one of its 1st XI play­ers was taken to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal where he died de­spite the ef­forts of play­ers, paramedics, air am­bu­lance and hos­pi­tal staff.

The crick­eter has been named by Fuller’s Brew­ery Sur­rey County League (FBSCL) as Mark Collin, who was born in 1976.

Eff­in­g­ham CC shared the news of Mr Collin’s death on Sun­day in a state­ment: “We are shocked and sad­dened at the loss of a highly re­spected and much-loved friend, team-mate and club mem­ber and send our most sin­cere and heart­felt con­do­lences to all his im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

“We are very grate­ful for all the mes­sages of sup­port that have been re­ceived from the crick­et­ing com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially Newdi­gate CC, who did every­thing they could to pro­vide as­sis­tance.”

The match was tak­ing place at Newdi­gate’s ground in Hen­fold Lane.

Gor­don Robin­son, chair­man of the FBSCL, said: “This is tragic. This player went out on a Satur­day morn­ing, as hun­dreds of us do, to play a sport he loved, prob­a­bly with a cheery ‘see you later’ to his wife and chil­dren. Sadly, he did not make it home.

“We ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily and team mates, and our thanks to ev­ery­one at Newdi­gate who tried so hard to help.”

Roger Bai­ley, chair­man of Newdi­gate CC, said: “On be­half of ev­ery­one I would like to pass on my deep­est sym­pa­thies to his fam­ily and ev­ery­one at Eff­in­g­ham CC.”

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