Family tributes to ‘well-loved’ Ashley
PUBLISHED: 08:49 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:25 15 October 2015
THE family of a young Weston-super-Mare cricketer, who was killed in a motorway crash earlier this week which has left six others injured, have spoken out about their ‘tragic loss’.
Ashley Doyle, aged 27, died at the scene of the crash on Monday night, while the others were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
He was one of several Uphill Castle Cricket Club members travelling back from a weekend of celebration, after the club’s under-19s won a national award, when the tragedy occurred.
Ashley’s family has spoken to the Mercury to thank the community for its ongoing support.
They said: “Ash’s family would like to thank everyone for their sincere condolences from everyone locally and around the world.
“It is such a tragic loss and we are completely heartbroken. Ash was such a well-loved young man who had his whole life ahead of him.
“Our lives will never be the same again. We miss him so much already.
“Mal, Vicki, Phyllis, James and Jordan very much appreciate everyone’s support. Ashley, we will always love you and you will never be forgotten.”
Ashley was among a small group of club representatives who had travelled to the Lord’s cricket ground in London to pick up the trophy.
The group was travelling back to Weston when the crash occurred on the M4 close to Maidenhead, at about 10pm.
Tributes have been flooding social media since news of Ashley’s death broke.
Dozens of local sports teams, including Somerset County Cricket Club, Somerset County Rugby Club and Weston Cricket Club, have expressed their sympathies to the team on Twitter.
Somerset County Cricket Club’s all-rounder Pete Trego, who comes from Weston, said: “Lost for words but I know everyone at the club will be strong and offer total support and love where needed the most.”
Somerset chairman Andy Nash said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Somerset CCC will provide any support you need.”
The England Women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards was at the same awards ceremony with the group and spoke out on Twitter on Tuesday, saying: “My thoughts are with everyone at Uphill Castle Cricket Club. Terrible news after seeing them all at Lords yesterday.”
Uphill Castle responded by saying: “Thank you for all the lovely messages on this sad day. We very much appreciate it.”