Club says goodbye to ‘true friend’ Ashley Doyle

PUBLISHED: 15:46 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:46 21 October 2015

Memorial flowers and shirts, Uphill Castle Cricket club.

Memorial flowers and shirts, Uphill Castle Cricket club.

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A VIGIL was held at the weekend to remember young cricketer Ashley Doyle, who died in a motorway crash.

Memorial flowers and shirts, Uphill Castle Cricket club.Memorial flowers and shirts, Uphill Castle Cricket club.

Team-mates, friends and family members gathered to light candles and pay tribute to the 27-year-old at Uphill Castle Cricket Club – the team Ashley played for.

Flowers have also been left at the club in Bridgwater Road alongside signed shirts with messages from Ashley’s team-mates.

Shockwaves went through the Weston-super-Mare community when the news of Ashley’s death broke and people took to social media to pay tribute to him.

Sporting heroes from across the world sent messages of condolence to the family online, including the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) which said: “All of us at the ECB are shocked to hear the terrible, tragic news.

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“Our thoughts are with all involved at Uphill Castle CC, their families and friends, and all in the club’s community.”

The Uphill club gave a short statement and said: “As you can imagine this has been some of the hardest hours many people and the club as a whole has ever been through.

“All of us have lost a brother, true friend and team-mate and we will never ever get over that. Ashley will always live in our hearts, and every time we look up we know Ash will be looking over us, hoping we ain’t in that duck suit and most of all winning.

“The club would like to thank everyone of the cricket family worldwide that has taken the time to pray, send their love or just let us be in their thoughts. We cannot thank you enough from the bottom of hearts.”

Ashley was in a car travelling back from Lord’s cricket ground in London, where club members had collected a trophy, with seven other members of the cricket club when the crash occurred.

The others were also injured in the crash, but the Mercury understands they have since been sent home from hospital to recover with their families.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred on October 12.

Ashley’s funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium in Ebdon Road on Wednesday at 2.15pm, followed by a wake at Weston Football Club in Winterstoke Road.

His family has asked requested donations to Ashley’s favourite charity, Dogs Trust, in his memory.

Donations can be made through Elms Funeral Directors in Baker Street, on 01934 616006.


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