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.
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.
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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
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