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Young cricketer dies after freak horror

PUBLISHED: 14:42 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK teenager who suffered erious head injuries in a freak cricket accident has died, a hospital said today.

Philip Govier, 17, of Hoxne, was badly hurt when he collided with a team-mate while running for a catch during a game at Diss, Norfolk, on Saturday.

A SUFFOLK teenager who suffered erious head injuries in a freak cricket accident has died, a hospital said today.

Philip Govier, 17, of Hoxne, was badly hurt when he collided with a team-mate while running for a catch during a game at Diss, Norfolk, on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he was being treated in the intensive care unit, confirmed his death.

Family friend Brian Chester, said: "He died yesterday morning from heart failure as a result of the brain damage that he had received."

Mr Chester said Philip's parents, former art teacher Stephen, and teacher Jenny, were "distraught".

The couple, who have two other teenage children, Ian and Lindsay, were too upset to talk publicly about their son's death, he said.

Mr Chester said: "Everybody in the village was extremely upset and shocked about this.

"He was a very nice and amiable young guy with a great future."

The Diss Second XI player was a student at Hartismere Sixth Form in Eye, Suffolk, and also played for Hoxne football team.

His school described him as a gifted sportsman. Philip had hoped to go on to Loughborough University to study sports science.

The funeral is due to be held next week.


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