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Tragedy on pitch as cricketer dies

A FATHER of three collapsed and died playing cricket during last Saturday’s game between Great Alne and Earlswood II.

A FATHER of three collapsed and died playing cricket during last Saturday’s game between Great Alne and Earlswood II.

Matthew Walters, known as ‘Spike’ was only a few runs short of his half-century when he collapsed.

The 45-year-old was a stalwart of Great Alne Cricket Club and had been both a Saturday and Sunday skipper.

He was currently the Saturday vice captain.

An ex-Warwick School pupil, he began playing for Great Alne in 1982 and was known as an outstanding bat and a great all rounder.

Married to Alison, he was also involved with helping the club to be the first in Warwickshire to attain Sport England Club Mark Status and was actively involved with the youth coaching.

Since joining the club Mr Walters scores were 17,657 runs, 90 fifties, 24 tons and had taken 415 wickets and 154 catches having played in 585 matches.

The club said ‘he would be a massive loss’ and Earlswood also left a message of sympathy on their website.

 

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