Cricket final ends in tragedy despite heroic efforts of Peterborough GP

Well known local cricket stalwart Phil Gillett passed away while playing for Cambs/Hunts in the final of the Eastern Counties Over 60s cup yesterday (September 22).

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 1:21 pm
Phil Gillett before a match at Bretton Gate last month.

Mr Gillett collapsed as he was preparing to open the bowling in the match against Essex at Fitzwilliam College Sports Ground, Cambridge.

Peterborough GP Sajid Shirazi was hailed as a hero by Cambs/Hunts players for his efforts in trying to revive Mr Gillett who also received treatment from paramedics before passing away at Addenbrookes Hospital. Dr Shirazi had only just turned up to watch the match, but jumped into action

Mr Gillett has complained of feeling unwell after batting late in his team’s innings, but then declared himself fit to bowl.

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Mr Gillett was vice-chairman of Cambs and Hunts League club Waresley. He also played for the club.

Cambs/Hunts Over 60s captain Nick Andrews, a Market Deeping CC player, said: “Phil was just a lovely bloke. He was someone you’d want in the trenches alongside you when you were up against it.

“Batting, bowling or fielding he always gave 100%.

“To say he will be missed is an understateme5t. Phil will leave a massive hole in a side he had only recently joined and will be deeply missed by all his cricket mates.”

Mr Gillett played over 50 matches for Hunts Over 50s before moving up to the under 60s.