Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Tributes Flow for Champion Batsman

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Tributes Flow for Champion Batsman

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Byline: Staff reporters

MICHAEL Clarke's final words at the funeral of 25-year-old batsman Phillip Joel Hughes were a heart-rending ending to a funeral service that celebrated and mourned the young man in equal measure.

"So rest in peace my little brother, I'll see you out in the middle."

In a packed Macksville High School hall, Clarke spoke through his tears about feeling Phillip's spirit everywhere.

Clarke said he felt Phillip's spirit in the tiny town south of Coffs Harbour.

By the time Clarke had finished his eulogy he was losing the battle against his emotions.

The moment he finished, they appeared to overwhelm him. He had lost not just a mate, but a brother.

The room had already been heard heartbreaking speeches given by Phillip's sister Megan and brother Jason.

Each read letters. Jason spoke first, his words laced with brotherly ribbing.

"You always had the good looks, you always had the hair, and who said you needed braces to have a smile? …

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