Published: 25th August, 2017
Surrey CCC will tonight pay tribute to Mark Collin, who tragically died whilst playing for Effingham CC last weekend.
Mr. Collin, 41, suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing in a Fullers League match against Newdigate CC. Despite the efforts of players, paramedics and hospital staff, he died at King’s College Hospital later that afternoon. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
At tonight’s NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final against the Birmingham Bears, the Guard of Honour that the players run through on their way out to the field will be formed of children from Effingham’s junior section, standing in Mr. Collin’s name.
The Surrey players will also wear black armbands and photos of Mr. Collin will be displayed on the ground’s Big Screen. Elsewhere this weekend, cricket matches around the county will begin with a moment’s silence in his memory.
Further to this, the Surrey CCC players have collectively donated £1,000 to the Collin family from the players’ bonus pool.
Paul Taylor, Director of the Surrey Cricket Foundation, said: “Everyone at Surrey CCC was deeply saddened when we heard the news of what had happened in Newdigate on Saturday afternoon.
“The support Effingham have received from the cricketing community this week has been incredible and the club are very happy that we are able to pay tribute to Mark at our match tonight.”
Effingham CC have set up an online book of condolences that is available to sign here and, if any fans would like to make donations to support the Collin family, advice on how to do so is available here.