Tributes have been paid to a talented young cricketer from Sheffield who died after being struck by a train.
Dominic Sayles, aged 21, from Norton, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was rushed to the Northern General Hospital, where the decision was made to switch off his life-support machine.
Dominic’s dad Martin and mum Sharon said they were ‘devastated’ over their only child’s death, while friends have also offered their condolences, with one pal saying he was ‘dumbfounded and horrified’.
Dominic, a former Meadowhead School pupil and Norton College student, was a bowler for Norton Oakes Cricket Club, and once played for football team Holmesfield FC.
Dad Martin, 55, is an umpire for the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, and used to be the Oakes’ club secretary.
Norton Oakes’ home match against Treeton on Saturday was called off following the death and friends held a vigil on Sunday around an oak tree on the club’s ground off Hemsworth Road.
The tragedy happened on Friday at about 9.30pm near to the East Bank tunnel, south of Sheffield railway station.
Paramedics were called and Dominic was taken to hospital, but he died on Saturday.
A British Transport Police spokesman said the death is not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on the body today or tomorrow before an inquest is opened.
Terry Bentham, chairman of the South Yorkshire Cricket League, said: “He was a smashing lad, really nice and very popular.
“He had played up at Norton Oakes since he was a junior and got as far as the senior league. Obviously the family are having to grieve for their child.”
A statement from Terry on behalf of Martin and Sharon read: “I have been asked by Martin Sayles and his wife to inform you of the tragic death of their son, Dominic. As you will understand the family are devastated but they have asked me to pass on thanks for the messages of condolence and support received from numerous people.”
The police spokesman said Dominic was struck by the 6.15pm service from London St Pancras to Leeds as it passed through Sheffield on Friday night.
He said: “A file will be prepared for the coroner and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.”