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Worcestershire spinner Baker dies, aged 20

Worcestershire are mourning the loss of spinner Josh Baker, who has died at the age of 20.

The left-armer played 47 games for the county across all formats after making his first-class debut in 2021. His last County Championship appearance came last month against Durham.

The club have not said how Baker died.

A Worcestershire statement read: “Worcestershire County Cricket Club is heartbroken to announce the untimely passing of Josh Baker, who was aged only 20 years old.

“Josh turned professional with the club in 2021 and quickly became a popular figure within the squad. More than his skills as a spin bowler, it was his vibrant spirit and infectious enthusiasm that endeared him to everyone he met.

“His warmth, kindness, and professionalism were remarkable, making him a true credit to his family and a loved member of our team.

“During this profoundly difficult time, the club is dedicated to supporting Josh’s family, friends, and colleagues. We are united in our grief and committed to honouring his memory in a manner befitting the remarkable person he was.

“Plans to pay tribute to Josh will be made in consultation with his family and will remain private at this time.”

Worcestershire CEO and former England spinner Ashley Giles added: “The news of Josh’s passing has left us all devastated.

“Josh was much more than a team-mate; he was an integral part of our cricket family.

“We will all miss him terribly. All our love and prayers go out to Josh’s family and friends.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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