Poynton's father killed in crash

  • Last Updated: April 5 2014, 14:37 BST

Derbyshire wicketkeeper Tom Poynton has been involved in a road accident, which claimed the life of his father Keith.

Tom Poynton: Involved in the crash that claimed the life of his father
Tom Poynton: Involved in the crash that claimed the life of his father

The 24-year-old former England Under-19 player was kept in hospital overnight following the accident on Friday evening which led to the postponement of Derbytshire's County Championship opener at Leicestershire.

A statement from Derbyshire read: "Tom was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was admitted and retained overnight with a suspected fracture and other associated injuries.

"Everyone at the club is deeply distressed and concerned for Tom and his family.

"In consultation with the ECB and Leicestershire CCC, the decision has been taken to postpone the LV= County Championship Division Two game which was due to start tomorrow at Grace Road.

"The fixture has been provisionally rescheduled to take place on June 8-11."

Burton-born Poynton has been with the county since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in 2007.

He signed a three-year contract in October 2012 and featured in 12 first-class fixtures last season, compiling 443 runs and claiming 30 dismissals.

Chief executive Simon Storey said: "We are a small close-knit group here at Derbyshire and Tom's dad was well known to our players and coaching staff.

"We are still trying to come to terms with the devastating news and at the moment our concerns are solely with Tom and his family at this difficult time.

"We are deeply indebted to the chairman, chief executive and director of cricket at Leicestershire CCC who have supported the decision to postpone the game.

"I am very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to the opening fixture."

An earlier statement from Leicestershire read: "A Derbyshire player has been involved in a serious road accident in which a close relative has lost their life.

"As a mark of respect, the game has been postponed. Our thoughts are with Derbyshire CCC at this tragic time."

The second XI contest between the counties, which was due to start on Monday, has also been postponed and will be moved to a date which has yet to be confirmed.