Defibrillator installed in honour of Josh Downie
Cricketers have walked 16 miles over the weekend in honour of a former team member.
Fiskerton and Thurgarton Cricket Club arranged for a walk to take place on Sunday, September 26, starting at Hucknall Cricket Ground to Burton Joyce Cricket Club, and ending at The Priory Ground in Thurgarton.
The walk has brought the club’s fundraising efforts to an end.
They have successfully raised enough money for a defibrillator to be installed at the Thurgarton club site in honour of former team member, Josh Downie, who died earlier this year.
Josh died at the age of 24 from a heart attack while playing cricket.
Josh, brother of Olympic gymnasts Becky and Ellie Downie, collapsed in the nets in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, on May 6 and was pronounced dead that evening.
The fundraising began in July with a memorial match and a total of £2,062 was raised for a defibrillator which was installed at the site earlier this month.
Aaman Singh, who is the junior manager and first team captain, said: “What we did was have a plaque made.
“Some of his family were there for the walk, we did a little unveiling for them.”
From 2010 to 2016, Josh played for Thurgarton Cricket Club, which later combined with Fiskerton Cricket Club.
Aaman added: “He progressed through the junior ranks to Thurgarton’s senior set-up where he became an established first team player. He helped to guide the team to division A of the South Notts Cricket League.”
After playing for Thurgarton, Josh progressed to Hucknall where he competed in the Nottinghamshire Premiere League.
He then joined Birkenhead Cricket Club in Liverpool once he had finished university and took a teaching job.
More than ten people took part in the walk on Sunday, allowing them to reflect on Josh’s life and their memories of him as they travelled to all three of the local cricket clubs he once played for.