The father of cricketer Tom Allin said he has been overwhelmed by messages of support from all over the world following the death of his son. Tom, who was 28, died on Monday night after falling from the bridge over the River Torridge in Bideford. He played professional cricket for Warwickshire between 2008-13 and toured overseas with MCC, also visiting Australia as a professional coach. Toms parents Tony and Beverley have been inundated with messages at their Northam home from his friends, team-mates and rivals. Tony, who was a professional cricketer with Glamorgan in 1972 and played for Devon as an amateur for more than 20 years, said he had been humbled by the response to his sons death. It seems Tom was serially liked by everyone who knew him, said Tony, a 61-year-old retired farmer. We have had messages from all over the world from people who knew Tom through cricket. None of the messages say much about Toms cricket mostly they say what a great guy he was. At this time when we are struggling to come to terms with Toms death, it is heartening to know he was so well liked. Typical of the messages received is one from Bideford CC chairman Kevin Fishleigh, who played with Tom when he was younger. Tom never forgot his first club, even returning to play for us in the Sunday league occasionally when Warwickshire gave him some time off, said Mr Fishleigh. Many of us watched him grow up into a fine young man and a fine cricketer, and our coaches and captains are so proud of all that Tom achieved in his career from his beginnings at Bideford CC. He will be remembered as a cheeky chappie, a good team man, and a great coach with the kids. Dad Tony said it was impossible to speculate how or why Tom came to fall from the bridge over the Torridge. I am sure that will come out at the inquest, whenever that takes place, said Tony. He was due back at work this week, coaching sport to primary school children in Barnstaple. It was a job he loved doing and I have heard from the headmaster that the children are really upset about what has happened. Tony said the family was waiting for approval from the coroner before making funeral arrangements. Cricket is a family affair for the Allins, not just Tom and Tony but Toms brother Matt as well. All three have played for Bideford and for their near neighbours North Devon. Tony was a spin bowler, Matt a wicketkeeper-batsman and Tom by necessity an all rounder. Matt was the one who really taught Tom how to play during hours of practice in the cow shed at our farm at Walland, said Tony. There was a sort of indoor net in there and Matt used to get Tom to bowl at him all the time, which turned him from a batsman only into an all-rounder. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Toms death. A file has been prepared and sent to the North Devon coroner. A post mortem is due to be held tomorrow (Friday).