Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cricketer Tom Allin dies aged 28 just days after Sussex bowler Matt Hobden found dead

The Birmingham Post and Mail.Pics by Iain Findlay Warwickshire County Cricket Club team photo.Tom Allin
Second tragedy: Cricketer Tom Allin
The cricket world is mourning the tragic death of a second young player in the space of just a few days.
Ex-Warwickshire bowler Tom Allin has died aged 28, his former club confirmed in a statement.
The sad news comes just days after Sussex fast bowler Matthew Hobden was found dead aged 22 .
Allin was described as a popular player in the six years he spent with the club before returning to his native Devon in 2013.
A statement on Warwickshire's website read: "Everyone at Edgbaston is immensely saddened by the news that former Warwickshire fast bowler Tom Allin has died.

"Tom was an incredibly popular member of the professional squad during his six years with Warwickshire, and he made one first class and one List A appearance before returning to his native Devon at the end of the 2013 season.
"The thoughts of all at Warwickshire County Cricket Club are with Tom's family and friends, and we would ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."
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Tragic: Tom was a promising young star
The England and Wales Cricket Board wrote on Twitter: "We are sad to hear of the passing of Tom Allin. Our sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues DevonCCC & WarwickshireCCC."
Mr Allin's death comes after the body of rising star Hobden was found in a property in Forres near Inverness on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, one of six fast bowlers chosen to take part in the Potential England Performance Programme this winter, had been celebrating the new year with friends.
The promising cricketer plunged to his death after apparently falling asleep on the roof of the building after going up to look at the stars.
Sussex seam bowler Matthew Hobden has died at the age of 22
Killed: Bowler Matt Hobden fell to his death
Officers are continuing to investigate his death but said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.
Ireland and Middlesex cricketer Andy Balbirnie tweeted: "Cricket is just a game but a game where we are so lucky to make great friends. Don't forget that and don't forget them. #RIPHobsAndTom."
England women's cricket vice-captain Heather Knight recalled Mr Allin having played alongside her brother.
She tweeted: "Can't believe the news about Tom Allin, Loved watching you play with my brother for Devon as a kid So sad after Matt this week."