A SCULPTURE has been raised to honour former York Cricket Club captain Dan Woods.

Woods died of cancer in March aged 32 with York CC paying tribute to him by placing a life-size sculpture and memorial garden at the club.

He joined the club in 2008 and went on to win seven league titles, five as captain, and led junior coaching sessions.

The club's new pavilion will also be named after Woods.

York CC chairman Nigel Durham said: "As a skipper, he was listened to and respected. He was not only an excellent captain but also an excellent player.

"It was off-the-field too where he was just an extraordinary human being. He's somebody that's going to be missed by many, many people.

"For me, he became he truly great friend, particularly in the last year of his illness, we were very close. He was a remarkable and amazing man.

On the quality of the tribute, Durham said: "We're over the moon. What's really pleasing is that the family is really pleased with it. I think it looks really good from the middle of the square, which is what Dan would have wanted.

"Moving forward, the new pavilion on the second team pitch, will be known as the Dan Woods Pavilion. That's in memory of all of Dan's commitments to junior cricket and coaching, for which he was so revered around York and Yorkshire."