Frogmore Cricket Club unveiling new score board and viewing box dedicated to well-liked former player

PUBLISHED: 14:28 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 April 2018

Nick Medlin was highly regarded as a talented referee in St Albans.

Nick Medlin was highly regarded as a talented referee in St Albans.

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A popular cricket player who was killed on the Isle of Wight has been honoured by his former club.

Matt Adams hands over the top referee award to Martin Best with runner-up Nick Medlin on the left. Photo: Brian Hubball.Matt Adams hands over the top referee award to Martin Best with runner-up Nick Medlin on the left. Photo: Brian Hubball.

Nick Medlin, 57, had moved from St Albans with his wife Dani when he was killed by 33-year-old Michael Hudson.

Now Nick has been given a permanent memorial in the form of a scoreboard and box at Frogmore Cricket Club, paid for through crowdfunding.

Dani, 54, said: “I am hugely proud and just so grateful for the incredible support. It’s just an indication of how hugely respected he was.

“He loved his sport and he would love the fact he was being remembered this way with a sense of humour as he had a sense of humour.”

Prison officer Nick Medlin. Picture: Hampshire Police.Prison officer Nick Medlin. Picture: Hampshire Police.

In addition to cricket, Nick was a referee for the Herts Advertiser Sunday League and for matches across West Hertfordshire.

He was a previous runner-up for the League’s referee of the year and after news of his death reached home, a minute’s silence was held at the grounds he had worked at.

“I moved back to St Albans afterwards because I needed to be near friends and family,” Dani said. “Our dream had been shattered.”

The Nick Medlin Box and scoreboard, which has been designed and built by a member of the club, will be unveiled this Sunday as the 1st XI play London side the Nomads in a warm-up match. Nick’s sons Joe and Charlie will open the batting to ensure the name Medlin is at the top of the scoreboard.

In June, the two will each captain a side at the Medlin Trophy Twenty20 Match, the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.

Dani said: “This has been a huge part of rebuilding our lives after the horrendous event that took him from us.

“After the trial and all the trying to come to terms with what happened and coming away from the island back to St Albans it’s been a huge comfort to have this amazing support from clubs and all the community up here. It feels like it’s a step forward.”

• Hudson was jailed for six and a half years after admitting to manslaughter.

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