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Statement on behalf of Belper Amateurs Cricket Club

CricketDerbyshireBelper Amateurs Cricket Club have expressed huge sadness and regret at the tragic death of Neil Dalton – and his university colleague Aidan Bunger - in Malaysia yesterday.

Neil, 22, was a player at Belper Amateurs since childhood, a stalwart of over 100 matches and a great friend of everybody at the Club.

Secretary Pip Nightingale said: “Words can’t describe the devastation this tragedy has caused to everybody within our club.

“Neil and many of our players grew up together - through school and cricket - and have such a strong friendship unit.

“He was a gentleman and a scholar whose trademark red hair was accompanied by a sense of humour second to none.

“He represented the club over 100 times, opening the batting at every level from under 15s right up to First XI, until his academic career took precedence over his amateur cricket.

“We’re all feeling this loss immensely and our hearts go out to his family.”

Derbyshire Cricket Board Cricket Development Manager Mick Glenn added:  “This is a tragedy for local cricket and more importantly for Neil’s friends and family. We’ll do everything we can to support them during this tremendously difficult time.”

The players and members of Belper Amateurs ask that their privacy is now respected while they endeavour to come to terms with their loss.

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