England news January 7, 2016

Former Warwickshire player Tom Allin dies at 28

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tom Allin played one first-class game for Warwickshire in 2013 © Getty Images

Tom Allin, the former Warwickshire fast bowler, has died at the age of 28.

His body was found by the Torridge Bridge, near Bideford in North Devon, on Monday night. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics who attended after calls from members of the public who saw Allin fall.

A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious. A file has been prepared and sent to the North Devon coroner.

Allin played one first-class game for Warwickshire in 2013 and a one-day game in 2011, and also played for Devon and Cardiff MCCU.

"Everyone at Edgbaston is immensely saddened by the news that former Warwickshire fast bowler Tom Allin has died," Warwickshire said in a statement.

"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."

Allin came up through the Devon underage teams beginning at U-15 level before making his minor counties championship debut at age 19 in June 2007 against Wiltshire. The following April he debuted for Cardiff MCCU and by July 2008 he had cracked the Warwickshire Second XI.

The fast bowler remained a consistent fixture in Warwickshire's Second XI squad for the next several years and also enjoyed one tour with Marylebone Cricket Club in the UAE and Oman in 2010. Aside from his lone first-class match with Warwickshire in 2013, his solitary List A appearance for the county came against Surrey at Edgbaston in August 2011.

Allin was released from Warwickshire prior to the 2014 season. Most recently, he had continued playing in the minor counties competition for Devon, with his last appearance coming in August against Shropshire.

He was involved in primary school sports coaching in Barnstaple and Bideford and was head of cricket at Shebbear College as well as a coach at Bideford College.

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  • InsideHedge on January 9, 2016, 0:45 GMT

    Shocked to read of the death of young Tom Allin, esp in the circumstances that have been reported. That's two young cricketers who appear to have fallen to their deaths within days of each other. I'm also reminded of a young Sussex player who drowned in one of the West Indian islands while on a pre-season tour with the county. If memory serves me right, his brother also drowned trying to save him - their names escape me right now but the tragedy occurred not too many years ago.

    As @Henberecricket stated, the brotherhood of cricket will indeed miss all of you. RIP!

  • VettiPayyan on January 8, 2016, 21:02 GMT

    RIP!

    Can someone tell me why he was not in First XI and did he take a break by himself from county?

    At 28 he was still not a part of the Main XI of a county but still playing. Does he still get paid?

    Sorry, but I am unaware of how the English county works.

    Here in India, there are smaller leagues, but usually they are sponsored by companies and the player is an employee of the company! So I was concerned about how Tom Allin was earning etc.

  • Henberecricket on January 7, 2016, 19:32 GMT

    Vettipayyan Tom Allin was master in charge of cricket at Shebbear College in North Devon. I wouldn't imagine it would be particularly lucrative but he would have probably also earned through other coaching opportunities. North Devon is a lovely part of England popular with tourists, but relatively affordable, by comparison to London living. I hope that is helpful. Rest in peace Tom, the brotherhood of cricket will miss you and our thoughts are with you family.

  • VettiPayyan on January 7, 2016, 9:29 GMT

    RIP!

    Can someone tell me why he was not in First XI and did he take a break by himself from county?

    At 28 he was still not a part of the Main XI of a county but still playing. Does he still get paid?

    Sorry, but I am unaware of how the English county works.

    Here in India, there are smaller leagues, but usually they are sponsored by companies and the player is an employee of the company! So I was concerned about how Tom Allin was earning etc.

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