Tom Allin: Cricket Mourns Death of Second Young Player in a Week

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Tom Allin poses for a portrait at Edgbaston on April 4, 2013 in Birmingham, England. Police are not treating Allin's death on Monday as suspicious. Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

English cricket has been hit by its second tragedy in the space of a week, after confirmation of the death of Tom Allin, the former Warwickshire fast bowler, at 28.

The Daily Mail quoted a Devon and Cornwall police spokesman who described a "non-suspicious incident" that occurred on Monday night at 9pm, when a man in his late 20s was found dead near the River Torridge Bridge in Bideford, Devon.

"Police are not conducting a criminal investigation into this incident," the spokesman said. "The man was believed to be well known to the local community of North Devon. Emergency services were quickly on the scene however, attempts to resuscitate the male were unsuccessful."

Warwickshire County Cricket Club released a statement on its website mourning the passing of Allin, who left in 2013 having played two first-class games for the county in six years. He returned to his native Devon to play club cricket.

The statement read: "Everyone at Edgbaston is immensely saddened by the news that former Warwickshire fast bowler Tom Allin has died.

"The thoughts of all at Warwickshire County Cricket Club are with Tom's family and friends, and we would ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."

News of Allin's death comes just five days after the body of Matthew Hobden, the 22-year-old Sussex fast bowler, was discovered in Forres, near Inverness, by Police Scotland officers.

Police are continuing to investigate Hobden's death but are not treating it as suspicious, The Guardian reports.

Tributes poured in on Twitter for Allin from across the cricketing world, including from Ashley Giles, the former England bowler, who noted Allin as one of his first "young signings" as Warwickshire coach.