Respected Burnley cricketer dies aged 57

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A RESPECTED cricketer has sadly died after suffering a massive heart attack aged 57.

Phil Astin was considered one of Lowerhouse Cricket Club’s greatest ever players, captaining the first, second and third teams during his long career.

But the father-of-two, who later served as a groundsman at the club, had to be put on a life support machine following the heart attack on Monday.

But sadly his family, including his Chris and Nicola, had to take the difficult decision to switch off the life support machine.

A message on the club’s website read: “It is with great sadness that we must report the sudden passing of club stalwart Phil Astin.

“A true club man and one of our finest ever players.”

Read this Friday’s Burnley Express for the full story.