TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a 'talented batsman who will be missed terribly' following his death at the age of 18.

Teenager John Nesbitt, who was a popular player at Appleton Cricket Club, died on Wednesday night, leaving his family and friends heartbroken.

John, who was set to attend Birmingham University, died peacefully in his sleep.

His cause of death is not yet known.

Speaking to the Warrington Guardian, Appleton Cricket Club paid tribute to the 'funny, thoughtful and caring' young man, who studied hard to achieve his goals in life.

A spokesman for the club said: "John first joined the club as a junior and it was soon clear that he was not only a talented batsman but that he was also a tough cookie too.

"He played for the under 15s when he was just 13 and for the under 18s when he was just 15. Each time he had to step up, he did.

"More recently, John had just secured outstanding grades in his A levels and was looking forward to going to the University of Birmingham to study engineering later this month.

"The number of tributes we've had, from so many people, shows how well-liked John was by all those who had the privilege of playing alongside him.

"John was funny, thoughtful and caring.

"He had goals in life and he worked and studied hard to achieve them.

"He was a popular member of our club and we are all going to miss him terribly."

John’s friend Alex Goldie has also shared a touching post about the much-loved teenager who was more like a brother to him.

He said: “I didn’t just lose my best friend. To me, John was a member of the family - a reliable brother who would always be there if I needed a chat or someone to chill out with and play some games.

“I cannot believe that I will ever have the privilege of meeting someone as friendly, honest, funny, trustworthy, mature, thoughtful, dependable and loyal as John again.

“He was a man with nothing but positive qualities, and over the last few days that has shone - the widespread love from the different people John has touched has been incredible.

“I had the privilege to visit a touching and beautiful memorial at Appleton Cricket Club on Saturday and reminisce with a group of people who loved John dearly. To them, he was part of their family, an integral member that had no faults and everybody loved.

“When asked in his yearbook form what John would like to be remembered for, his response was ‘Being a legend’.

“I am certain that in the future, John will be remembered not only as a legend, but as someone that lit up your day, helped you out of tough times, made a whole room laugh and always offered a helping hand when it was needed.

“He was a great all round friend, family member and team mate to so many people - this is what we will remember John for.”