TRIBUTES have been paid to talented cricketer Stephen McGenity who died suddenly after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
Stephen McGenity, 30, who played for Birkenhead St Mary’s Cricket Club, was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on Friday afternoon.
After initial treatment, the dad-of-three was transferred to the Walton Centre for specialist care where after assessment his life support systems were switched off at 5pm on Saturday.
Stephen’s father Billy, who is the 1st XI captain at Birkenhead St Mary’s, led the tributes to the former St John Plessington student who was a popular and respected player on Merseyside’s cricket scene.
Billy said: “He was a fine all- rounder and a big, strong athlete so this has come as a complete shock.
“I spent a great day with him on Friday and at five minutes to six he was fine but at one minute past six he was gone.
“He will be missed by such a lot of people.”
Stephen, who married wife Roxanne in 2010, and was father to three young children, Alfie, Mae and Stephen, played local league cricket at St Mary’s for the majority of his career before moving to Oxton CC in 2011.
He returned to the club last year and was due to be reunited with his dad this season.