Batting is Matt Blanch at the Premier League cricket held at Ulmarra with Tucabia batting and Harwood fielding. Photo: Leigh Jensen 28 February 2015
Batting is Matt Blanch at the Premier League cricket held at Ulmarra with Tucabia batting and Harwood fielding. Photo: Leigh Jensen 28 February 2015 Leigh Jensen

Cricketer receives surgery after painful blow

CRICKET: A collective groan could be heard across McKittrick Park when Tucabia-Copmanhurst fielder Matt Blanch was struck by a full-blooded shot at close range.

Blanch had been fielding 'fine leg to fine leg' when his captain Bob McKenzie decided to relieve his teammate of some distance between overs, swapping him to a close-in position near the bat.

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Not wearing a box, in the very next over Blanch was struck by the ball below the belt line. It was soon realised the sickening blow had caused a serious injury.

The umpires called an early tea break and Blanch was taken to Grafton Base Hospital.

 

 

He received emergency surgery and according to Clarence River Cricket Association sources the surgery was a success without further complications and Blanch was discharged from hospital on Sunday.

Who will win the 2016/17 CRCA Premier League title?

This poll ended on 10 March 2017.

Current Results

Brothers

18%

Coutts Crossing

16%

GDSC Easts

13%

Harwood

39%

Tucabia-Copmanhurst

5%

Westlawn

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

SCORECARD

TUCABIA COPMANHURST V GDSC EASTS

At McKittrick Park

Toss: Tucabia Copmanhurst

Umpires: Terry Brien, Tim Kinnane

Tucabia 1st Innings 8(dec)-257

GDSC Easts 1st Innings

S Connor c Bultitude b Adamson 49

B Hill c Bultitude b Chard 2

N Harris c Cootes b Adamson 0

A Latham lbw b Chard 5

JR Grieve b Chard 0

J Ellis b Adamson 64

B Knight b Chard 17

BJ Shaw lbw b Buchanan 5

J Young lbw b Buchanan 0

A Spies not out 13

B Palmer b Adamson 0

Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 3, nb 3) 12

ALL-OUT for 167

Overs: 55

FoW: 1-10(B Hill) 2-11(N Harris) 3-32(A Latham) 4-32(JR Grieve) 5-70(S Connor) 6-122(B Knight) 7-127(BJ Shaw) 8-127(J Young) 9-166(J Ellis) 10-167(B Palmer)

Bowling: B Chard 14-2-50-4, CA Adamson 16-7-23-4, BR Blanch 1-0-15-0, TJ Blackadder 10-1-33-0, DJ Cootes 5-1-12-0, AJ Buchanan 9-1-28-2

* TUCABIA won first innings by 90 runs



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