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Players honour Phillip Hughes

WE WILL REMEMBER: Tamworth Twenty20 players pause for a minute’s silence before last night’s games in honour of Phillip Hughes. Photo: Barry Smith 281114BSD01CRICKETERS across the region will don black armbands and observe a minute’s silence this weekend as a mark of respect for Phillip Hughes.
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Hughes, 25, tragically passed away on Thursday after being struck in the head by a bouncer during an interstate match two days earlier.

Tamworth District Cricket Association secretary Hayley Bullock said the news had shaken the local cricket community.

She confirmed all grades would acknowledge his passing this weekend prior to the start of matches.

“Our members are just so shocked and taken aback,” Mrs Bullock said.

“Cricket is such a huge part of our summer in Australia and even for those that don’t support it, they still know the players.”

The association last night placed a bat and a Tamworth District Cricket Association cap at the entrance to Cricket House.

Government offices and a number of local businesses yesterday flew flags at half-mast, while scores of residents placed a cricket bat at the front of their homes to remember the boy from Macksville.

West Tamworth resident Amanda West placed a single red rose alongside a bat outside her Duri Rd address.

“I don’t follow cricket and I hadn’t even heard of Phillip Hughes until this tragedy,” Ms West said.

“But this is a show of respect and it’s what Aussies do when things go bad – we all band together.

“His death wasn’t anyone’s fault and he died doing what he loved to do.”

One of Tamworth’s leading cricketers, Tom Groth, who played against Hughes when he was younger, described him as a “rare talent”.

“He was just a freak, even when he was 15 and 16,” Mr Groth said.

“He was such a rare talent and the fact he was from the bush had a big impact on us all.

“I was just absolutely shocked by what happened.

“It was so freakish and I really think it was an isolated incident.”

He said debate about whether the first test against India should be played boiled down to player welfare.

“It’s a tough one and ultimately it’s up to the players involved,” Mr Groth said.

“This is bigger than the game of cricket.”

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