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Graham Dilley: Private funeral held in Worcestershire

Graham Dilley
Image caption Dilley played for Kent, Worcestershire and England

The funeral of former England fast bowler Graham Dilley has taken place in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club said a private family service was held at 14:00 BST for their former player.

Dilley, who also played for a Kent, died last week aged 52 after a short illness with cancer.

His brother Brian Dilley said: "We're trying to respect the wishes of Graham with his dislike of the public side of his life."

Dilley played 41 Test matches and 36 one-day internationals and helped England complete a memorable win in the third Ashes Test in 1981.

His brother said his lasting memory of the cricketer would not be about his career.

He said: "Sitting in the pub and talking with him - he was my younger brother, he was just that."

Former England captain Mike Gatting described Dilley's death as a shock and said he was "a tremendous cricketer."

A thanksgiving service will be held in his memory at Worcester Cathedral in November.

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