TRIBUTES have flooded in for a city worker who died after collapsing during a cricket match on Saturday.
Steve Rennison, 51, who worked as a test engineer for automotive technology firm Tickford Powertrain Test, died suddenly after suffering a suspected heart attack during Dunstable Town Cricket Club’s game at Eversholt.
Players from across the county donned black armbands during Sunday’s cricket fixtures to honour the club’s former captain Mr Rennison.
Dunstable Town chairman John McDougal said: “There was a palpable sense of shock, loss and sorrow at the club this weekend.
“Many of us gathered on Sunday to pay tribute and to get some small sense of solace from each other. Some would have been friends of Steve’s for 25 to 30 years.
“Steve was not only a very good cricketer and a modest and genuine guy, but a really great club member.”
Steve, who leaves behind wife Elaine and daughter Stephanie, secured a place in Town’s cricketing history after notching three centuries in a week for the club in 1992.
He was club captain in 2006 and 2007, guiding the team to promotion in his first season.
Mr McDougal added: “It was unusual for him to put himself forward but with relegation from Division One he felt the club needed to change and he skilfully led the team to promotion in his first year in charge.”
The club has expressed its thanks to a lifeguard who attempted to give Steve first aid following his collapse before paramedics arrived.
It also thanked the opposition players for their kindness after the tragedy.
Tributes have also been paid by representatives from cricket leagues in neighbouring counties.
Mr McDougal said: “The club has received a number of sincere messages of condolences from individuals, clubs and leagues.
“The Beds League asked all clubs playing on Sunday to wear black armbands.
“It was a really tremendous gesture and one that showed the impression Steve had made over a wider area than just our club as a modest man.”