PIERS MORGAN has paid tribute to a stalwart of Sussex village cricket.

Newick Cricket Club mainstay David Strachan passed away last week after more than 20 years of service to the club.

In an emotional tribute on Twitter, the Newick-born TV star said Strachan was a “great village cricket man”.

The celebrity, who has 7.9 million followers of the social media platform, said: “RIP David, a great village cricket man. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the club for so many years.

“You'll be hugely missed.”

The Lewes-based cricket club has over 200 members, including the former Good Morning Britain host.

The Argus: Ron Hill's photograph of tributes to David StrachanRon Hill's photograph of tributes to David Strachan

Past and present members of Newick Cricket Club, which was founded in 1884, took part in a minute's applause and reflection on the stalwart's life and service before two matches on Saturday.

The club also took to social media to share their tribute to the long-standing member.

“David devoted himself to Newick Cricket Club in so many capacities for well over 20 years,” it said.

“We will all miss him.”

The Argus: Photo of David Strachan from Ron HillPhoto of David Strachan from Ron Hill

In the two fixtures at King George V Playing Fields, Newick CC 1st XI lost to Little Common Ramblers, while the clubs 2nd XI lost to Dormansland CC.

While Covid-19 halted Morgan’s annual cricket match at Newick, the event has lured the likes of Shane Warne, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and Brian Lara in previous years.