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Elmhurst School for Boys unveils cricket nets in memory of murdered head teacher

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A SCHOOL has unveiled new cricket nets in memory of a former head master and his wife killed by their son.

The Barry Dighton Cricket Nets have been erected in the playground of Elmhurst School for Boys.

Mr Dighton coaóched cricket at Elmhurst for more than 20 years and at one stage oversaw a nine-year unbeaten run in the Croydon Cup. His wife was the school's head of reception.

The couple were stabbed to death by their son Daniel Dighton at their home in Campden Road, South Croydon, in September 2009.

The nets were opened by former England cricket captain Alec Stewart and Whitgift School's head of cricket and ex-Surrey star David Ward last Tuesday (March 19).

Executive head teacher Charles South said: "Both Alec and David very kindly had a question and answer session with the boys, one of which involved David's highest score of 294. "It would appear his captain declared, robbing him of the chance of scoring 300. His captain? Alec Stewart.

"Alec was very impressed with the new facility and was pleased to hear that not only does Elmhurst boast four Surrey schools players at present, but are preparing for their overseas tour to South Africa next year."

Daniel Dighton, 35, was put behind bars indefinitely for public protection at the Old Bailey after he was convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.

He later had his minimum term reduced from 15 to 12 years.

Elmhurst School for Boys unveils cricket nets in memory of murdered head teacher


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