Shock at Effingham cricketer’s sudden death
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.”