Luke Fletcher

Joined: 14 Apr 2015, 09:15

12 Jul 2017, 15:21 #11

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
More perspective here from a Cricinfo piece.

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"I'm really lucky to be here now and speaking to you today," he (Fletcher) said. "The doctors said I pretty much dodged a bullet. A few inches to the left or right and it could have been a completely different story. If it had hit the temple or straight in the face then…. I don't really want to think about what may have happened."

Fletcher warns that, in training, bowlers are already reluctant to bowl at batsmen practising their T20 skills.

"I think it'll happen again," he said. "Most bowlers - certainly at Notts - in the nets tend to go away and do target practice on the side in one-day and T20, just because balls are coming back at a speed you can't react to. You get hit all over your body. I certainly think the chances are it will happen again."

With bats better, batsmen seemingly more powerful and the aggression of the game having undergone a transformation since the introduction of T20, it seems inevitable that, sooner or later, we're going to see a bowler killed by a return hit (this is G Dobell writing)




http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ ... 10742.html
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

12 Jul 2017, 15:48 #12

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
He definately dodged a bullet.

Not a mark on him and no sign of any stitches either.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40580846
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Joined: 11 Apr 2015, 11:47

14 Jul 2017, 03:22 #13

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
There is now talk about protective head gear for the bowlers.
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Joined: 25 Jun 2015, 10:53

14 Jul 2017, 07:20 #14

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
T20 players will be practising against a bowling machine soon. No other option really if what Fletcher says is true.
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 20:44

14 Jul 2017, 08:49 #15

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
The worst injury I ever saw on a cricket field was a bowler (aged 15) injured by a straight drive. In his case the ball burst through his fingers and hit him in the eye, causing permanent damage though not, thankfully, full blindness.

This would have been in the 1980s, so it's not new. Batsmen, even young boys, could hit the ball very hard, as they can now. But not as often, I suppose. But it only takes one...

So what do we do? Give up sports because they are dangerous? Or accept the risk because the hard ball, the big tackle, are all part of the fun of the thing? Soft-ball cricket, touch-rugby? No thanks.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 17:47

14 Jul 2017, 09:43 #16

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
If bowlers did wear helmets, or some other form of head protection, would this affect the speed, accuracy or effectiveness of the delivery?
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Joined: 04 Jun 2015, 18:32

14 Jul 2017, 10:27 #17

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
The t20 game moves ever nearer to baseball....
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 20:44

14 Jul 2017, 11:10 #18

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
What protective equipment do baseballers wear? Obviously the catcher is armour-plated, and the umpire (?) behind him - but what about the batters and the outfielders? Do the batters even wear gloves? Boxes? Any leg protection, where it would still hurt, even though the ball was a foul one? And they must get under-edges, from time to time.

A baseball seems to be of fairly soft leather, relatively, with no damaging seam. But speeds are high.
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Joined: 10 Mar 2015, 11:35

14 Jul 2017, 12:00 #19

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
Baseball pitchers have had fractured skulls and bleeds to the brain when hit by balls returned at them. After the most recent, 2 or 3 years ago, they were looking at a helmet/cap for them that reminded me of the thing Brearley first wore to much derision - not a lot of use for fast bowlers though!

Incidentally, a baseball does have a seam but it is stitched like a tennis ball. It is larger and, I think, a bit lighter than a cricket ball but batters do have cheek-bones and arms fractured and do wear helmets, arm, and often shin guards.

Good luck to Luke F, one of the game's characters. One does fear what is going to happen some time soon as I can't see how bowlers can be protected and still perform.
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Joined: 27 Apr 2007, 17:25

14 Jul 2017, 12:57 #20

It sounded horrific but it had to happen sooner or later.

Hope there's only superficial damage and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
As a problem, this goes back almost a hundred years. Jack Fingleton tells a story of when he first batted with Charlie McCartney and McCartney deliberately hit the ball back hard towards the approaching fast bowler's head. I can't remember the exact exchange, but it was something like, "If he's trying to intimidate me, then two can play at that game."
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