A dad collapsed and died during a cricket match on one of the hottest days of the year.
Maqsood Anwar, 45, from Barry, fell critically ill on the pitch while he was playing for Sully Centurions against Monkswood Cricket Club at their home pitch on Saturday, July 17.
It is thought the dad-of-three, who had diabetes, had a heart attack on what was one of the hottest days of the summer.
The air ambulance and paramedics arrived at the scene but were unable to save the gas engineer after 45 minutes of treatment.
Some of his fellow players have now been calling for defibrillators on grassroots sports grounds.
At first Mr Anwar put the chest pain and dizziness he was suffering from down to the heat, friend and fellow cricketer Zia Gehlan said.
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The dad also had a tingling feeling in his arm, but was unaware this could be linked to heart problems.
Mr Anwar resisted calling an ambulance thinking he was suffering from heatstroke.
However after bowling eight overs the dad went to sit on the sidelines where fellow players urged him to call an ambulance.
“When he was on the side other players were saying: ‘You don’t look well at all, you better ring them,'” said Mr Gehlan.
Other players dowsed Mr Anwar in water to cool him down, but almost immediately after ringing 999 he collapsed.
“The emergency services really did give it their best shot, they were working on him for 45 minutes to an hour,” said Mr Gehlan.
“In the end they said it would have been a massive heart attack and he was likely gone before he hit the floor.
“If only he had known the signs, or what was happening to him he might still be with us.”
In paying tribute to Mr Anwar his friend Mr Gehlan said: “He was a true gentleman. He never had a temper, never got angry, he was the kindest man – he always had time for everybody.
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“He loved his cricket – he would get up on a Saturday morning and colour his beard to make sure he looked the part for the game.
“He died doing what he loved. It’s tragic – he was like a younger brother to me.”
Players are now calling for more defibrillators to be installed on or near sports grounds to aid people suffering from sudden cardiac arrests.
Mr Gehlan said: “Everywhere needs them. You just don’t know what’s going on inside you and when you will need to use one. You’ve got to have them.”
Another friend, Nathan Bakers, posted on Twitter : “I think it’s now time for all sporting venues to be provided with defibrillators.
“A true gentleman was taken away far too soon today at cricket, a man who I had the pleasure to call a friend.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called shortly before 3.30pm on Saturday, July 17, to a medical emergency at the cricket ground on Burnham Avenue in Sully. We sent a rapid response car and two emergency ambulances to the scene where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance.”