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Shock as Pedmore cricketer dies following collapse during match
10:31am Monday 6th August 2012 in Local
THE Stourbridge sporting community is in shock after the sudden death of a cricketer who collapsed during a game.
Richard Beaumont died at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital on Saturday August 4 after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while playing for Pedmore Cricket Club.
Mr Beaumont from Bromsgrove Street, Halesowen, aged 33, collapsed while fielding at the club's Pedmore Hall Lane ground.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene at around 3.45pm on Saturday, he was flown by air ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead minutes after his arrival.
Tributes to Mr Beaumont are being published on Pedmore Cricket Club's Twitter page.
Himley cricketer and close friend Nathan Round said: "“I couldn’t believe it. I have known him for ages, we used to play cricket and football together when we were kids and I guess we just clicked.
"He was a cracking lad who would so anything for you. It’s horrendous what has happened.”
Amblecote and Wollaston Cricket Club said: "R.I.P Rich Beaumont. One of the nicest blokes you could meet," while Jack Mills added: "Losing a cricket game means nothing when a friends dies on a cricket field rip Richie true gent."
Pedmore Cricket Club has set up a garden of remembrance at their ground where mourners can leave flowers and tributes to the fast bowler.