Ribble Valley cricketers’ tribute to tragic Phillip Hughes

Tribute to Phil Hughes
Tribute to Phil Hughes

Ribble Valley Raiders paid their respects to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who sadly died last week after being struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match.

A minute’s silence, the wearing of black armbands and the positioning of bats to spell out the initials of Hughes, were the prelude to the Raiders’ Street 20 Floodlit Cricket competition, held at Roefield

Australia batsman Phil Hughes. Photo Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Australia batsman Phil Hughes. Photo Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Eighteen young cricketers participated in the fast-paced round robin competition, played using a tapeball in an enclosed outdoor area

Following three hours of firecely-competitivecricket, the South Africa team, skippered by demon pace bowler Assad “The Tower Hill Typhoon” Mahmood emerged victorious.

Ribble Valley Raiders Head Coach Farouk Hussain said: “It was very heartwarming to see the youngsters paying their respect to Phil Hughes.

“They all recognised the solemnity of the occasion and their conduct was exemplary.

“They were a credit to their families and the global cricketing community at this time of great sadness.

“The youngsters epitomised the ethos of Ribble Valley Raiders and hopefully more will follow their example.”