Reminding old-stagers of the moment when Ric Darling nearly died from swallowing his tongue when hist by the ball and, more recently, when Peter Neville was floored by Brad Hodge’s flying bat — all at Adelaide Oval –the Victorian keeper Sam Harper was felled by Jake Lehmann’s bat as the latter hit a swivelling hook-shot !!!!!!
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Victoria wicketkeeper Sam Harper has been taken to hospital after being struck in the head by South Australian Jake Lehmann’s bat while standing up to the stumps in the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval.
Lehmann pulled a short ball from spinner Jon Holland and, in his follow-through, accidentally hit Harper, who was wearing a helmet at the time.
The 20-year-old fell to the turf and appeared in some discomfort, doubling over and coughing as he walked off the field with assistance from medical staff.
An update confirmed Harper had been taken to hospital for scans, which revealed good news for the youngster. “Harper underwent scans this afternoon which have not identified any bleeding or bone damage, but he will remain in hospital overnight for observation,” Cricket Victoria said in a statement.
The team also revealed Harper would miss the rest of the match, with Seb Gotch flying to Adelaide to be a substitute fielder.
Harper’s injury came at a bad time for the Bushrangers, with Matthew Wade and back-up Peter Handscomb on Test duties ahead of the tour of India. It has been a bad summer for wicketkeepers, with Melbourne Renegades and ex-Test gloveman Peter Nevill crowned by a bouncing ball and hit by a flying bat during the Big Bash League.
Wade was also cut down by gastro in the middle of day three of the third Test against Pakistan.