The sporting community has paid tribute to a much-loved cricketer who died while out with friends. Mick Whitmore, who played for Narborough and Littlethorpe Cricket Club, collapsed while drinking at the Narborough Arms pub on Saturday evening.

The 48-year-old toured with the England youth cricket team in Zimbabwe in the 1980s, before injury halted a professional career.

Richard Cooper, chairman of Narborough and Littlethorpe Cricket Club, said: “He was a very competitive chap and played at a very high level still, but he was also very helpful and encouraging with the young lads at the club. “He was always around – part of the furniture really – as he did so much for the club. He’ll be missed a lot. “He was still a regular in the first team, along with his son and his nephew. When you think of the club, you think of Mick and his family.” As well as helping to coach the under-17 team, Mick, from Narborough, helped look after the grounds at the club.

The Funeral will take place at Narborough Church on Friday 9th November at 12pm.