Worcestershire kits to sport cricketer Josh Baker's number after passing last week - The Worcester Observer

Worcestershire kits to sport cricketer Josh Baker's number after passing last week

Worcester Editorial 8th May, 2024   0

THE TEAMMATES of Worcestershire spin bowler Josh Baker, who died aged 20 last week, will be wearing his number 33 on their playing shirts for the remainder of the season.

The announcement of Josh’s passing came last Thursday, May 2- just 24 hours after he took three wickets for Worcestershire Seconds in their match against Somerset.

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

An online book of condolence has now been set up on the Worcestershire County Cricket Club website.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club CEO, Ashley Giles, said: “It is clear from the outpouring of love we’ve seen, following last week’s awful news, that Josh touched the lives of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

“Wearing Josh’s number on their shirts is a way for the team, and all involved with Worcestershire cricket, to pay tribute to his memory and keep his spirit alive on the field.

“Josh’s Mum and Dad, Lisa and Paul, have asked us to thank everyone for the hundreds of messages of love and support that they have received since Josh’s passing.

“As we all continue to navigate through this very difficult time, we encourage our members, supporters, and the cricketing community to join us in honouring Josh’s memory and celebrate the life of a remarkable young man who will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”


Josh was born in Redditch and studied at Malvern College.

The talented young spin bowler turned professional with Worcestershire in 2021, playing 47 times for the club and twice being capped at England Under 19 level.

He took 70 wickets across all three formats and scored 525 runs.

A club spokesperson said all involved with the team were heartbroken by the untimely passing and confirmed it was dedicated to supporting Josh’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Worcestershire Seconds Championship match with Lancashire at Kidderminster, scheduled to start on Monday, was cancelled as a mark of respect to Josh.

Josh’s father, Paul led the tributes to the talented youngster.

A statement on behalf of himself and his wife Lisa, released on social media, read: “We are both broken – Josh achieved many of his dreams before reaching 21.

“Take every opportunity to hug your parents and your children.

“We’ve taken great comfort from the many messages received so far – keep sharing and posting your memories please.”

Cricket fans also paid their respects.

Tim Cox said Josh was a lovely guy who had such a wonderful career to look forward to.

James Boycott added: “I’m one of many who can say they were lucky enough to have played a lot of cricket with Josh, and I can only speak highly of him.

“Such a likeable, funny, kind and supportive lad, who was beyond talented – he will be truly missed.”

Visit wccc.co.uk/post-your-online-message-of-condolence-in-memory-of-josh-baker/ to sign the online book of condolence.

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