Marsden Cricket Club has paid an emotional tribute to former player Liam Curry and his girlfriend Chloe Rutherford after their deaths were confirmed.
Greater Manchester Police last night announced the South Shields couple had died in the Manchester suicide bombing.
The pair had been at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday when they were caught up in the atrocity.
Tributes flood in for South Shields teenagers killed in Manchester bomb attack
The news of their deaths has hit the community hard, and nowhere is that more prevalent than Marsden Cricket Club, for whom Liam had represented since the age of six.
The club posted on Facebook: "As many of you will already know, Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford were both caught up in the Manchester bombing on Monday night.
"We are heartbroken and devastated to report that both Liam and Chloe have tragically lost their lives as a result of this atrocity.
"Liam has been part of the club from the age of just six, and we have all seen him develop into an incredibly strong and mature young man, supporting has family through the loss of his father Andy earlier this year.
"He was developing into a fine cricketer and coach and was undoubtedly going to be part of our first team for many years to come.
"Chloe, like Liam, was an incredibly strong person, supporting Caroline, Zack and of course Liam through the loss of Andrew.
"Quiet but not shy, she was a pleasure to be with around the club and I am sure she would have become a close friend to all in the years to come."
Liam, 19, and Chloe, 17, are among 22 people confirmed to have died in the bombing, with dozens more having been injured.
The Facebook post from the cricket club added: "We would like to send our deepest condolences and sympathy to the other victims of the Manchester attack and also express our support for the emergency services and the people of Manchester, whose support and bravery has been quite simply outstanding.
"The thoughts of everyone at Marsden are with Liam’s and Chloe’s family and friends at this time, especially Chloe’s brother Scott, Liam’s brother Zack and his closest friend Ryan Little.
"The loss of life, especially among young people is always hard to take.
"When that loss is a result of senseless act of evil it is much more difficult to comprehend.
"We must however be strong and resilient in the face of adversity and continue to live our lives as best we can in memory of Liam and Chloe. #741 #WeStandTogether"
The club, meanwhile, has confirmed that its game against Castle Eden on Friday night will go ahead.
A minute’s silence will be held before the 6pm start and there will be a dedicated area at Jack Clark Park for people to leave flowers and cards.
A club statement read: “Following communication with Liam’s family, we have decided to go ahead with our First XI fixture tomorrow evening at the Jack Clark Park.
“We feel that this will provide people with an opportunity to come together and show unity and strength as we pay respects to two amazing young people.
“We will hold a one minute silence prior to the commencement of the game at 6pm. We’ve had a number of messages regarding flowers and cards, if anybody wishes to leave them, there will be a dedicated area upon arrival.
“The club have no fixtures on Saturday but our All Stars Cricket, Under 11 and Academy fixtures will also go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, with our Academy fixture now being played at the Jack Clark Park.”