SHOCKED pals today paid tribute to a young up-and-coming Doncaster cricketer after he was killed in a car crash.
Former team mates of Maninder Kundra, aged 22, at Warmsworth Cricket Club are mourning the loss of their pal, who was known to them as Mindi.
They cancelled their game on Sunday because they were so upset by the tragedy.
Officials and players at Doncaster Town and Eden Grove, which were also among the clubs Mr Kundra played for, were shocked by the tragic death on a busy road in North Yorkshire near Selby.
North Yorkshire Police were called at around 4.50am on Saturday after reports of a serious road traffic collision on the A1041 at Barlow, near Selby.
Mr Kundra’s silver Vauxhall Corsa had left the road and come to rest in the ditch. No other vehicles were involved.
Police said Mr Kundra was seriously injured, and pronounced dead at the scene.
One passenger travelling in the vehicle, a 25-year-old man also from the Doncaster area, was not seriously injured in the collision and was released from York District Hospital after treatment.
The A1041 was closed until around 11.40am.
North Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses.
It is believed that Mr Kundra had been returning to Doncaster after taking part in a ceremony for an indoor cricket league.
Mr Kundra is a member of a family well known in the Doncaster cricketing community.
He had left Warmworth Cricket Club last season and was due to play for Doncaster Town this year.
Warmsworth Cricket Club put out a statement in tribute to Mr Kundra.
It said: “Warmsworth Cricket Club was saddened to hear of the tragic death of Mindi over the weekend.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this very sad time.
“Mindi played cricket at Warmsworth for three seasons, between 2009 and 2011, before returning to Doncaster Town for the 2012 season.
“During his time at the club he made some very good friends, particularly among the younger players. The news hit this group of players very hard and Sunday’s match was cancelled out of respect.
“Mindi will be sadly missed at Warmsworth and also among the wider cricket community.”
Melvin Bond, chairman of Eden Grove Cricket Club, where Mr Kundra started playing cricket as a youngster, also paid tribute.
He said: “He was a member of our youth set-up.
“He was a good player who was very well thought of at Eden Grove. It is very sad and we at Eden Grove offer our condolences. There will be a lot of people upset by what has happened.”