Umpire dies after hit by a batsman’s shot in head

Veteran cricket umpire has breadth his last after being hit on the head by a batsman’s shot during a match. He was rushed to hospital where he died.

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John Williams, aged 80, was fallen in coma after being struck while umpiring in a local amateur league.

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He was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, 100 miles away from the place of the incident.

One of his fellow match officials stated that it was just a “last minute swap” through which Mr Williams was brought into umpiring.

Mr John said, “It’s just one of those things – the ball comes so quickly. You just move out of the way but these boys are so tall and powerful when they hit the ball, it’s just so fast.

“No words can describe the incident – it really hit me when I heard about it. John is a good umpire, he is fair and he is easy to get on with,” he said.

The match was a division two match of the local league.

A spokesman for Pembroke County Cricket Club said, “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams.


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