PARAMEDICS have praised the efforts of members of the public who tried to save a man’s life when he collapsed playing cricket.

Tim Monday died suddenly last Saturday afternoon while playing for West Chiltington and Thakeham Cricket Club in a 1st XI home game.

The 52-year-old was well known in the Sussex cricketing community, having played for many years across the county.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said it was called at 6.20pm after receiving reports Mr Monday had stopped breathing.

Members of the public tried to resuscitate him before paramedics arrived.

The spokesman said: “Sadly the attempts proved unsuccessful.

“We would like to thank all those involved in trying to help at the scene.”

The club said his death left a “huge hole” in the team.

First XI captain Jim Sadler was “totally devastated” and said Mr Monday was instrumental in helping the club move up the leagues.