Victoria Bushrangers wicket-keeper Sam Harper was hit by a bat during a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Adelaide on Saturday but has been cleared of any serious injury, reports cricket.com.au.
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Harper was standing up to spinner John Holland when he was struck on the head by the tip Jake Lehmann’s bat in his follow-through while looking to whip away a shorter ball to the leg-side. Harper was wearing a helmet but still fell to the ground.
Harper was rushed to the nearest hospital where a CT scan had cleared the 20-year-old wicket-keeper of any bleeding or bone damage. Lunch was taken early as Harper was ruled out of the game for overnight observation at the hospital.
Victoria coach Andrew McDonald later told ABC radio that the umpires had delayed the second session to give the players from both teams time to compose themselves after the incident. Just hours after the incident, New South Wales’ Daniel Hughes had to be taken off the field to assess a concussion he had suffered after being struck on the helmet while fielding against Queensland.
Hughes was struck on the back of his helmet while fielding at short-leg when he turned his back to evade a pull shot from Queensland opener Peter Forrest.
There has been a rise in such on-field accidents in Australia recently. Last month, Melbourne Renegades wicket-keeper Peter Nevill had to be taken to hospital after being hit in the face by Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge’s bat during the Big Bash League.