Friday, May 20th, 2016

Worcs Batsman Fell Gets All Clear In Battle Against Cancer

Worcs Batsman Fell Gets All Clear In Battle Against Cancer

Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell has been given the all clear in his battle against cancer.

Fell has undergone three bouts of chemotherapy for cancer in the lymph nodes during the past two months.

But a scan yesterday revealed positive news for the 22-year-old who was the County's leading run-scorer in the County Championship last summer.

Now he will concentrate on fitness work and playing second team cricket ahead of targeting a return to the first eleven.

Worcestershire Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "We are all delighted. The players are delighted for him and the coaches.

"Tom has gone through some tough times recently but in typical fashion for Tom, he has just got on with it and we are all delighted he can resume his career fully.

"Obviously he has to have his check-ups but it is great news and we are looking forward to having him back with us and scoring plenty of runs which is what he does.

"We heard yesterday that he had got the all-clear. He is always keen to inform all the lads. There have been quite a few worried people around and no more than Tom.

"But it is pleasing that in many ways now he can put it to bed and get on with his cricket and gert himself back fit, back match fit, and start producing some runs and force his way back into the side.

"He was the youngest player to get 1,000 runs in Division One of the Championship last season and was our leading run-scorer. He is a quality cricketer."

Rhodes said no time-table has been set for when Fell may make a potential first team comeback.

He said: "He has had three bouts of chemo and that takes it out of you so let's see how his match fitness can improve.

"I'm sure it will in the games he can play in the second team as well as getting some time out in the middle, getting some runs and feeling confident.

"One stage at a time, he's had his all clear, let's get him back playing, back fit, and the destiny is in his hands more than anything."

Team-mate, house mate and close friend Tom Kohler-Cadmore has had his head shaved to raise money for Cancer Research and in support of Fell.

He said: "Everyone at the club is ridiculously happy for him. He has gone through so much and for him to get the all clear now now is awesome and hopefully it can stay away which everyone has their fingers crossed for.

"It is just great news for him and everyone and hopefully now we will see him back in the first team eventually and scoring hundreds like he was last year.

"He just said 'all clear lads' and then thanks for all the support over the last couple of months.

"Anyone who has gone through what he has the last couple of months, you know it is tough and it's not just tough on him, it's tough on family, friends, colleagues.

"It has been difficult for the squad but it makes you tighter together in the end and everyone pulls together to get around the guy who is ill. The news is what everyone was hoping for."

Kohler-Cadmore had so far raised £4,100 for Cancer Research and will continue to raise money and keep his head shaved for the remainder of the 2016 campaign.