Tributes have poured in across the Irish cricketing spectrum following the sudden death of popular cricket correspondent Davy Holmes at the age of 54.

'Wee Davy' was the cricket correspondent for the News Letter, and also contributed regularly to the Sunday Life, Ulster Star, Belfast Telegraph, CricketEurope and the Slog Sweep.

CricketEurope Editor Barry Chambers paid tribute to him saying: "Davy lived for cricket and his knowledge and passion shone through in conversations.

"What I liked most about Davy was his desire to cover cricket at all levels, not just senior. He would travel the length and breadth of the country to help promote the game.

"He was ahead of his time in recognising the value of social media, and he was the first to introduce me to the value of Twitter.

"I last spoke with him towards the end of the season at the Irish and NCU Women's Cup finals when he was full of new ideas about increasing coverage of the sport.

"He was always innovative and was generous with his articles, columns and photographs. He will be sadly missed and the thoughts and prayers of all at CricketEurope go to his family. May his gentle soul rest in peace."

Former Irish international Kyle McCallan said: "Awful news. Davy might have been small in stature, but hugely respected and is a massive loss to the game. I'll miss our chats. RIP mate. Thoughts and prayers with your family and friends at this tragic time."

Instonians and Ireland wicket-keeper Rory McCann added his condolences saying: "Shocking news. A sad day. Always made time for people and was a driving force in improving the profile of club cricket in Northern Ireland, RIP Holmsey."

Willie Dwyer of The Hills added: "Sad, sad news. I only met him for the first time last year. After 20 minutes it felt like he was an old friend of 40 seasons, such was the fun and the craic we were having. Another great Irish cricket man gone."

News Letter editor Alistair Bushe said: “Words can barely express the shock that will be felt within the cricket fraternity at this dreadful news.

“David has been at the forefront of promoting our sport for many years now and no-one should underestimate how he endeavoured to improve its profile, particularly on social media. He was the first person to promote the game using his Twitter handle, where would we be now had he not started updating scores from around the NCU on a Saturday afternoon? What he started, others followed.

“David was a hugely popular figure around the grounds. He invariably had a smile on his face, spoke to players, spectators and officials alike on the boundary and literally no-one I spoke to had a bad word to say about him. For David, writing about cricket and suppling scores wasn’t about the money, it was about a genuine love for the game and wanting to see it grow.

“He will be hugely missed. Our condolences go to his family circle.”