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Cricket club to hold tribute match for road crash victim
2:00pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
A memorial fun day will take place next week, in honour of Michael “Rusty” Rustell, the Rode cricketer killed in a car crash in February.
Old teammates at Beckington Cricket Club have planned the tournament on September 8 as a celebration of the life of their longest-serving player.
Mr Rustell, a 50-year-old father-of-four, died on February 4 at Norridge Woods on the A36, after his Rover 400 collided with a VW Golf driven by Alexander Siu Kit Lee, 22.
Lee was jailed for 16 months in July for causing death by careless driving.
A memorial bench will be unveiled at Beckington Recreation Ground.
Club captain Gary Peters said: “We wanted to put up a lasting memorial for Michael and another cricketer, Terry Ellis, who died a few months ago, after a long illness.
“It’s sad they’ve both gone, as Mike comforted Terry in his last hours and they were both good mates and a big part of the club.”
The bench will have a plaque supplied by some of Mr Rustell’s former course mates, who were part of Frome College’s class of 1979.
Collections will be taken at the fun day for Frome Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund, in memory of Mr Rustell’s time as a retained firefighter.
Mr Peters said: “It’s not a serious competition, as Mike was never serious.
“There will be teams in fancy dress, wearing costumes and wigs.”
The event, at Beckington Memorial Hall, will take place from 11am to 8pm.
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