Shocked pals pay tribute to much-loved Mindi, 22

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TRIBUTES have poured in for a promising cricketer who was killed in a car crash.

Team-mates of Maninder Kundra, 22, and family and friends have spoken of their shock following the death of their pal nicknamed Mindi.

Warmsworth Cricket Club, who Mindi played for before returning to Doncaster Town this season, cancelled their game on Sunday because players were too upset by the tragedy.

Mindi, who also played for Eden Grove, was killed after travelling along the busy A1041 at Barlow near Selby in North Yorkshire. His silver Vauxhall Corsa had left the road and come to rest in a ditch just before 5am on Saturday.

North Yorkshire Police said Mindi, thought to have been travelling back to Doncaster from a cricket event, died at the scene.

One passenger travelling in the vehicle, a 25-year-old man also from Doncaster, was not seriously injured and was released from York District Hospital.

Mindi’s family is well-known in the Doncaster cricketing community.

Warmsworth Cricket Club said in a statement: “Warmsworth Cricket Club was saddened to hear of the tragic death of Mindi over the weekend.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this very sad time.

“Mindi played cricket at Warmsworth for three seasons, between 2009 and 2011, before returning to Doncaster Town for the 2012 season.

“During his time at the club he made some very good friends, particularly among the younger players. The news hit this group of players very hard and Sunday’s match was cancelled out of respect.

“Mindi will be sadly missed at Warmsworth and also among the wider cricket community.”

Melvin Bond, chairman of Eden Grove where Mindi played as a youngster, said: “He was a good player who was very well thought of at Eden Grove. It is very sad and we at Eden Grove offer our condolences. There will be a lot of people upset by what has happened.”

Doncaster Town Cricket Club wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “Today the club lost a dear friend and player. All our thoughts are with the Kundra family at this time. Mindi, you will be sorely missed.”

Icky Lall said on a Facebook tribute page: “Our beautiful nephew taken away from us. Words cannot describe how we all are feeling. Going to miss your cheeky smile. Angels above look after and protect Mindy RIP xx”

North Yorkshire Police has appealed for witnesses to the crash.