Ex-England & Glos bowler Lawrence diagnosed with MND

Former England and Gloucestershire fast bowler David ‘Syd’ Lawrence has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

The 60-year-old played five Test matches for England and took 625 wickets in 280 matches during a 16-year career at Gloucestershire that ended in 1997.

He became Gloucestershire's president in 2022 - a role he will continue to hold until his term ends.

"Everyone at the club is devastated to hear of the news from David Lawrence and his MND diagnosis," Gloucestershire chief executive Will brown said.

"David is an icon of the game, a club legend and a trailblazer as the first British-born black player to play for England.

"More than that he is the best of people, kind, loving, considerate and an inspiration to all of us here at Gloucestershire."

Lawrence is the latest former high-profile sports star to reveal a diagnosis of MND.

Former England and Leeds rugby league player Rob Burrow passed away from the illness earlier this month, while former Scotland rugby union forward Doddie Weir died in November 2022, six years after his diagnosis.