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Ferrari that crashed in Keith Poynton tragedy belonged to club chairman

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE Cricket Club's chairman was the owner of the Ferrari involved in a crash that killed a player's father.

The club has confirmed Chris Grant owned the red Ferrari 458 Spider that hit a tree near Rosliston on Friday night.

It was being driven by 57-year-old Keith Poynton (pictured), who died from his injuries.

His son, Derbyshire wicket keeper Tom Poynton, suffered limb injuries in the accident.

A club statement reads: “In response to media speculation around the circumstances of Friday's tragic car accident, the club has sought permission from the police to confirm that the car involved in the fatal accident was fully insured and being driven with the full permission of the owner; long-term friend of the Poynton family and chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Chris Grant.

“Out of respect for the family, the club would ask that they are now allowed to focus on supporting Tom and his family through this difficult period following the loss of Keith.

“Meanwhile, the coaching staff are helping the squad come to terms with their friend's loss of his dad, whilst also preparing them for the match versus Essex which commences on Sunday.”

Derbyshire Cricket Club chief executive Simon Storey said: “We are a close-knit, family club and we share the good times and the bad times together.

"Whether it is promotion or relegation on the field or a marriage or birthday off the field, there is something very special about a club like Derbyshire.

"Chris has been close friends with the Poynton family for many years. These tragic recent events will undoubtedly reinforce that friendship.”

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