Tributes have been paid to "legendary" Rickmansworth Cricket Club (RCC) player Marc Robinson who died after a three-year battle with cancer.

Known to most as Curly, a nickname given for having blonde curly hair when young, he recently passed away four days after his 47th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Long-time friend Paul Blackwell, the cricket club's secretary, said: “All of us have lost a team-mate; many of us have lost a friend; and a number of people have lost a bright light that shone in their lives.

"It’s OK to shed a tear for Curly.”

Dozens of tributes have continued to be paid on Facebook since the club announced Curly’s death.

Watford Observer: Marc Robinson. Picture: Paul BlackwellMarc Robinson. Picture: Paul Blackwell

Many shared their sadness at his death, sending condolences to his family. 

Matt Funge recalled playing cricket with Curly, adding: “Really sorry to hear this. Always a great guy & teammate in the few years I was playing at RCC.”

And Freddie Dare said: “RIP Curls, such a good bloke, always a pleasure to share a beer with him!”

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Curly joined RCC in 1997 on the second XI team before moving on to captain the first team.

He was a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field. He had 490 wickets at an average of 20.48.

With a bat in hand, he scored 4,003 runs at an average of 18.1.

Mr Blackwell described how the "legendary" player Curly was involved in the club’s social events too.

Watford Observer: Marc Robinson. Picture: Paul BlackwellMarc Robinson. Picture: Paul Blackwell

He said: “He was the soul of the cricket club, running events and welcoming new players. He ran the bar for a number of years, putting in countless unpaid hours to make sure everything ran smoothly.

“Whenever anything was taking place at the club, Curly was at the heart of it. From cleaning the sightscreens, to painting the fences, to running 18th and 21st birthday parties.

“Ever present on the field, Curly very rarely missed a game and was the embodiment of every value the club holds dear.”

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