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Wiltshire cyclist, 73, dies a week after lorry collision

Roger Morris never regained consciousness after incident last week as he rode to Corsham Cricket Club

A 73-year-old cyclist from Wiltshire has died in hospital from injuries sustained in a collision with a lorry last week as he cycled to his local cricket club.

Roger Morris was taken by air ambulance to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital after the collision at around 9am last Monday, but never regained consciousness and died of his injuries yesterday, reports the Bath Chronicle.

He had been cycling to Corsham Cricket Club, where he spent three spells as captain of the Second XI from 1978 to 1995, and in the latter year also passed on the role of fixtures secretary to his son, Mark.

A statement posted yesterday on the club website said: “The thoughts and prayers of all at Corsham Cricket Club are with Roger's wife, Mary, and their family and close friends at their sad loss. Roger will be missed by all who knew him.”

The club’s membership secretary, John Gale, said: "During his long playing career, he bamboozled many a batsman with his left arm slow bowling, regularly taking wickets.

"He was often to be seen tinkering with club machinery which he kept running over many years,” he added.

Wiltshire Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision, which took place on Pickwick Road near the Methuen Arms hotel, bar and restaurant, and can be contacted on 101.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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