County cricket 2014 April 5, 2014

Poynton father killed in crash; Tom injured

ESPNcricinfo staff

Derbyshire and Leicestershire have agreed to postpone their opening Championship fixture of season, which was due to start on Sunday at Grace Road, after Tom Poynton, the Derbyshire wicketkeeper, was involved a serious car crash that claimed the life of his father, Keith.

Poynton, 24, was admitted to hospital after the accident, which happened on Friday evening, with a suspected fractured collarbone and other injuries which were classed as serious, but not life-threatening.

The Derbyshire chief executive, Simon Storey, said: "We are a small close knit group here at Derbyshire and Tom's dad was well-known to our players and coaching staff.

"We are still trying to come to terms with the devastating news and at the moment our concerns are solely with Tom and his family at this difficult time.

"We are deeply indebted to the chairman, chief executive and director of cricket at Leicestershire CCC, who have supported the decision to postpone the game. I am very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to the opening fixture."

The fixture will now provisionally start on June 8. An Leicestershire statement said: "As a mark of respect, the game has been postponed…with the ECB giving its blessing to the decision."

The Second XI friendly fixture between Derbyshire and Leicestershire, which was due to start at Derby this week on April 7, has also been postponed and will be moved to a date to be agreed.

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  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Respect and hope things get better,

  • Nitin on April 6, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Sad news, may his father RIP and he recovers soon !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Deepest Sympathies Tom, please get well soon!

  • Cric on April 6, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Get well soon........God bless you

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    really sad to hear that Tom. Deep condolence of your father's death. Sympathies from a Pakistani cricket lover.

  • Jason on April 5, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Awful news... heart felt sympathy to Tom and his family. Hope you get back behind the timbers ASAP

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    sad news for up coming young crickter

  • vaibhav on April 5, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    That's very unfortunate. Get well soon Tom.

  • Kunal on April 5, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Tom, My condolences with you and your family. May god give you the strength. Get well soon.

  • Prathamesh on April 5, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    That is absolutely heartbreaking. I offer Tom and his family my condolences from the United States

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