Match in memory of young cricketer

Daniel Mothersdale - Bawtry cricketer
Daniel Mothersdale - Bawtry cricketer

MEMBERS of a cricket club want to stage another charity event in memory of one of the team’s most promising young sports stars.

Daniel Mothersdale, 21, died after he was found hanging from a tree in Menagerie Wood, Bawtry.

The trainee quantity surveyor with Frank Haslam Milan was a promising player for Bawtry Cricket Club.

He had just finished his best ever season scoring more than 700 runs and topping the club’s batting average before he died last September.

Daniel, who lived with his mum Sue in South Parade, Bawtry, had been an all-rounder with the club since he was a teenager and was a popular member of the team.

His team-mates held a charity cricket day in the summer which saw the club’s junior and senior players come together and compete in matches and other fundraising activities.

That event helped them pay for a memorial bench with Daniel’s name on it which is placed in the club’s grounds.

And despite the snowy conditions, last Christmas they put on an inter-club memorial match - an even the team wants to hold again this month and keep it going as an annual occasion.

Paul Warren, Daniel’s former team-mate, said: “Although we haven’t set a date yet, we know for a fact we want to hold something similar to last year and we’re keen to do it in Dan’s memory to remember his life.

“Christmas is a time for families so we want to reflect that in our memorial day to Dan.

“We all still miss him at the club and it’s a fantastic way to remember him.

“We’ve held fundraisers in the past in honour of Dan and that’s enabled us to pay for a bench with his name on it which we bring out on match days.

“It’s a great opportunity for all of the teams to get together and also invite some of Dan’s old friends back who are now working away from Doncaster.

“It will be our way of saying how important Dan was to Bawtry Cricket Club.”

The club has also donated funds raised from the summer family day event and other activities to the Papyrus - the UK’s young suicide prevention charity.

A web page has also been set up on Facebook called ‘Dan Mothersdale’s Tribute - Bawtry CC’ so people can pay their respects to the star batsman.