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League veteran dies at the crease

A VETERAN cricketer died at the crease of a suspected heart attack during a game in Yarmouth last Saturday afternoon.

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The Norwich Evening News reported that Tony Gregory, the president of Drayton Cricket Club and the treasurer of the Lucas Fettes Norfolk Cricket League, was batting for Drayton A in a Division Four game against Great Yarmouth A when he complained of feeling unwell and collapsed. Players rushed to his aid, and attempts were made at resuscitation without success.

Mr Gregory, 62, had an association with Drayton Cricket Club stretching back 26 years. He was club chairman from 1995 until 2002 and took over as club president in 2003.

Tim Porter, secretary of Norfolk Cricket League said: "We were very saddened to hear what had happened. I received a text saying Tony had died while batting. He had said to the bowler to hang on because he didn't feel too well and then he collapsed."

Mr Porter said Mr Gregory, who used to run badge and emblem engravers Gregory Engraving in Norwich, had previously been taken ill in a game against Felthorpe and, for a while, had switched to umpiring games.

But he said: "He lived for his cricket and his family knew he was nuts about it. He was a genuinely nice guy and this is a sad loss for cricket in Norfolk."

Posted by Charlie Randall
05/08/2009 12:19:29
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