Tributes paid to former Hyde cricketer Daniel

HYDE Cricket Club has paid tribute to former player Daniel Woods, who lost his battle with cancer.The left-handed batsman, who played for the Werneth Low-based side across two spells in 2006-2008 and in 2015, passed away on March 3.

Daniel was part of the Hyde team that was crowned ECB Premier League champions in 2015.

And a spokesman for the club paid tribute to the popular member of the champion side.

They said in a statement: “Daniel was a genuinely lovely bloke as well as being an incredibly talented spin bowler and was extremely popular at the club amongst the Hyde faithful.

“Fiercely competitive on the field he was universally liked around the leagues he played in and across the country when representing Cheshire.

“The tributes from across the cricketing community that have already been shared today bear testament to that.”

Daniel’s funeral, which was scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

And that has forced Hyde CC to halt all sporting activity after the Cheshire Cricket Board, which manages the ECB Premier League in which they play, said the season will not start until June at the earliest.

A Hyde CC spokesman added: “We have now made the decision to stop all sporting activity, with immediate effect.

“We understand the start of the cricket season will be delayed, probably until June at the earliest.

Practice for juniors and seniors will follow suit, with no cricket at all until further notice.

“These are very difficult times.”

Before the shutdown was announced, several staff members carried out a thorough deep clean at the clubhouse, including the use of bleach-based products on all work surfaces, tables, kitchen and door handles.

The season’s delay is likely to impact on the Cheshire Cup competition, in which Hyde were drawn at home to play Oulton Park on Sunday, May 24.

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