Dad-of-three tragically collapses and dies during cricket game aged just 44

Tributes are pouring in for a dad-of-three and "true gentleman" who tragically passed away while he played cricket for his local team.

44-year-old Masqood Anwar from Barry in Wales was playing for Sully Centurions against Monkswood Cricket Club at their home pitch in Usk, Monmouthshire, South Wales, on Saturday 17 July when he suddenly collapsed on the pitch.

It's thought that gas engineer Mr Anwar, who suffered from diabetes, had a heart attack during the match on one of the hottest days of the year, reports WalesOnline.

His friend, and fellow cricketer Zia Gehlan said paramedics and an air ambulance arrived at the scene, but Mr Anwar could not be revived despite the attempts by emergency services.

The sudden and tragic incident has prompted players to call for defibrillators to be available on grassroots sports grounds.

Mr Gehlan said Mr Anwar was playing his third game for Sully after recently transferring teams when he began suffering from chest pain and feeling dizzy – but he put it down to the heat.

He added that his friend also had a tingling feeling in his arm, but didn't know this could be linked to heart problems.

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Mr Anwar resisted calling an ambulance, thinking he was suffering from heatstroke.

But after bowling eight overs, the dad went to sit on the sidelines where fellow players urged him to call an ambulance.

Mr Gehlan said: "When he was on the side other players were saying: 'You don't look well at all, you better ring them.'"

He said that the other players dowsed Mr Anwar in water to cool him down – but almost immediately after ringing the emergency services, he collapsed.

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"The emergency services really did give it their best shot, they were working on him for 45 minutes to an hour," said Mr Gehlan.

"In the end they said it would have been a massive heart attack and he was likely gone before he hit the floor.

"If only he had known the signs, or what was happening to him he might still be with us."

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Players are now calling for more defibrillators to be installed on or near sports grounds to aid people suffering from sudden cardiac arrests.

Mr Gehlan said: "Everywhere needs them. You just don't know what's going on inside you and when you will need to use one. You've got to have them."

Another friend, Nathan Bakers, posted on Twitter: "I think it's now time for all sporting venues to be provided with defibrillators.

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"A true gentleman was taken away far too soon today at cricket, a man who I had the pleasure to call a friend."

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A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called shortly before 3.30pm on Saturday, July 17, to a medical emergency at the cricket ground on Burnham Avenue in Sully.

"We sent a rapid response car and two emergency ambulances to the scene where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance."

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