The grieving family of two young men killed in a horror crash have spoken of their heartbreak.
Best friends Wajid Ahmed, aged 18, and 22-year-old Abdullah Waseem were both pronounced dead at the scene following the collision on Sunday night.
They had been travelling home to Shelton after finishing a shift at a takeaway in Macclesfield when the car left the road and ended up in a field at around 11.30pm.
Now their loved ones have described the pair as ‘incredible young men’ who shared a passion for cricket.
Former St Peter’s Academy pupil Wajid was studying business management at Staffordshire University and played for both Alsager Cricket Club and Hem Heath Cricket Club.
His twin brother Aqib, who lived with Wajid in Wellesley Street, said: “He loved everyone. He made everyone smile, I could talk about him all day.
“He always put everyone before himself. It’s a massive shock I’m getting better but it will take time.
“Wajid and Abdullah were best friends for four years and met through playing cricket they were more like brothers.”
Former Thistley Hough High School student Abdullah, of Grove Road, was studying accounting at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Abdullah’s dad, Waseem Akbar, aged 49, owns Mac Flames, the takeaway where both men worked.
The father-of-five said: “We were ready to celebrate his 23rd birthday on October 16.
“We were gearing up for that. It’s been a big shock for all of the family, he was my right and my left arm.
“I had a heart attack in 2014 and he helped me to recover and run my business. He did everything for me. He was too kind, I’ve got no words to explain.
“He was in his last year of his four year course at university. He wanted to get a good job to help his parents and family. Because he was the oldest he wished to work for the family so his parents could chill. He was such a good person.
“He used to play cricket for Alsager and Prestbury where he was vice captain, he played there for eight years. He was a good spinner and won lots of trophies. I’ve already received tributes from his teammates.”
Their sudden deaths have also stunned people at City Central Mosque, in Regent Road, Hanley.
Councillor Mohammed Pervez said: “The whole community is in shock and are supporting family members who are understandably extremely distraught. It is so sad to see two young lives ending this way and so soon.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families as they come to terms with their huge losses.”
Ward councillor Amjid Wazir is also supporting both families.
He said: “This is such sad news for the community to lose two young lives, it is just a tragedy. The community is supporting the family through this time.
“Our MP Gareth Snell has also been very supportive at this difficult time and they are grateful to what he is doing for them.”
Police were called to the A536 Congleton Road at Gawsworth just after 11.40pm on Sunday to reports of a collision.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “A Ford Focus left the road and came to a rest in a field off the A536 at its junction with Church Lane.
“The occupants of the car, two men aged 18 and 22 from the Stoke-on-Trent area, sadly died at the scene.
“Next of kin have been informed and formal ID has taken place.”
Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident IML199701 of September 30.