Friday, November 28, 2014

A sad day in Australian cricket!

City United Cricket Club received an message from James Sutherland late last night and it reads.

27 November 2014
PHILLIP HUGHES | A message from james sutherland

Dear City United Cricket Club ,
It is my sad duty to inform you that a matter of hours ago Southern Redbacks batsman, Phillip Hughes passed away as a result of the injury he sustained at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this week.
The word tragedy gets used far too often in sport but this freak accident is now a real-life tragedy. Just shy of his 26th birthday, Phillip has been taken from us far too young.
As a cricketer, Phillip was an incredibly talented and dearly loved member of the Australian, South Australian and Adelaide Strikers squads and a former NSW representative. He also played county cricket in England and IPL in India. Without doubt he was a rising star whose best cricket was still ahead of him.
As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family, friends and team mates at this incredibly sad time, and of course to the Australian cricket family and the State Associations. We are thinking of you right now.
I’d like to thank you and the broader cricket community around the country for your thoughts given to Phillip and his family. From social media to phone calls to our front desk, the support has been tremendous and I want to thank you on behalf of Australian cricket.
 Phillip Joel Hughes played 26 Test matches for his country. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered.

Yours sincerely,
Chief Executive Officer
Cricket Australia

We have also been contacted by NSW Cricket requesting that all games of cricket in NSW this weekend be asked to observe a minutes silence and wear black arm bands in respect of Phil Hughes and his family.
 Could team Captains please ensure that each grade has black tape to be put on shirts prior to commencement of the game, and that each game does have 1 minutes silence to be organised by the umpire


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