Newton Hill Cricket Club honour Jack Simpson with memorial match

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A fundraising cricket match will be played in memory of a 20-year-old cricketer who lost a cancer battle earlier this year.

Jack Simpson, who was suffering from rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma, died at Wakefield Hospice in April just over three months after marrying his sweetheart Laura Berry-Simpson.

Newton Hill Cricket Club is hosting the memorial game at its ground on Leeds Road, Wakefield from noon today (Saturday).

Jack had been involved in the club for a number of years as a junior player.

The event, which will also include an all-day barbecue and face painting for youngsters, will raise money for Wakefield Hospice and childhood cancer charity Candlelighters.

Jack was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2010 and underwent an operation to have the femur in his left leg removed and replaced with a titanium rod.

After also having chemotherapy, he was in remission for more than a year.

But in December 2012 he was diagnosed with a number of secondary tumours. He underwent 10 months of chemotherapy and four lots of radiotherapy, but lost his fight for life in April.