Kenilworth Wardens pay tribute to ‘likeable’ Allin after the former Warwickshire bowler dies aged 28.

Tom Allin in action for Kenilworth Wardens.
Tom Allin in action for Kenilworth Wardens.

Kenilworth Wardens have paid tribute to their former Warwickshire-contracted player Tom Allin who died on Monday aged 28.

Fast bowler Allin spent six years at Edgbaston and was contracted to Wardens between 2011 and 2013, making 18 appearances for the Glasshouse Park side.

Allin died on Monday after falling from the Torridge Bridge near his native Bideford, where he returned after his contract with Warwickshire expired in 2013.

The statement read: “We are shocked and truly saddened to learn of the death of Tom Allin this week at the tender age of 28.

“Devonian Tom spent three seasons as our county contracted player between 2011 and 2013.

“In this time his professional career and injury restricted him to 18 Wardens appearances, during which he took 14 wickets and scored 366 runs.

“His onfield highlight undoubtedly came at Old Hill, when a brilliant unbeaten hundred produced a win which was much needed as we chased promotion.

“He was a likeable, friendly guy who had none of the arrogance sometimes found in ‘pro’ cricketers playing with ‘clubbies’.

“Clearly club cricket was in his blood, and he seems to have slipped seamlessly back into it in his native Devon after being released by Warwickshire.

“Tom also liked his horses and enjoyed nothing more than chatting about upcoming racing over a post-match drink.

“This timing of this tragedy, following the emotion surrounding Jonny Bairstow’s maiden test hundred this week, reminds us once again of the difficulties faced by some cricketers after leaving the professional game.

“We pass deepest sympathies to his family, friends and former teammates, and are proud to include ourselves in the last two categories.”

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said officers responded to a call at 9pm on Monday, but were not treating the death as suspicious.

Allin’s death comes just days after Sussex fast bowler Matthew Hobden, 22, was found dead after celebrating New Year’s Eve in Scotland.