Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Ball soars over boundary for six after hitting bowler's head

Ball soars over boundary for six after hitting bowler's head

The bowler, recovering from his follow-through, could barely react to the travelling ball and got hit on his head.

Cape Town - They say anything can happen in cricket and that proved true once again on Wednesday during a weird incident in a New Zealand domestic match.

The incident happened in the 19th over of Auckland's innings, as one of the powerful drives from Raval's bat struck Ellis on the temple on its way over the ropes.

In a freaky incident in New Zealand's domestic 50-over competition, Auckland batsman Jeet Raval struck an Andrew Ellis delivery so hard that it hit the bowler's head and still crossed the boundary ropes for a six.

Jeet Raval goes on the offensive during his 149 against Canterbury in the Ford Trophy elimination final
SPORT Jeet Raval goes on the offensive during his 149 against Canterbury in the Ford Trophy elimination final

Raval headed down the wicket to check if Ellis was okay after the hit, and while originally signalled as a four by the umpire, the blow was later amended to a six. Ellis had to take a concussion test before he could complete his over. 29-year-old Raval, who has represented New Zealand in nine Tests, said he was concerned about the Ellis' well-being and was relieved when he returned to the field.

"Whenever anybody gets hit in the head, your immediate concern is for the person, and I was anxious Andrew had hurt himself", Raval was quoted as saying on Cricinfo.

Raval ran towards Ellis to check with him and as doubts about concussion surrounded the bowler, a amusing thing happened instead. The ball was initially signaled as a four, before replays showed that it had in fact cleared the boundary on the full to gift Raval six runs. "It's certainly not pleasant for anyone to experience that in a game".

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