While whole Cricketing World was mourning for Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes, who passed away after been hit by ball on the neck in the Cricket field, an Israeli Umpire died on Saturday.

It is known that the 55-year-old, Hillel Oscar was  being hit in the chest by the ball during an amateur league game in Ben Gurion Park in Ashdod.

Magen David medics, who tried their best to rescue the old man on the scene, reported that Oscar suffered a heart attack after being hit by the ball. He was taken to Ashdod’s Barzilai Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.

According to one of the Ashdod team players, a fast delivery by the bowler struck by the batsman, hit the wickets in follow through and then struck the umpire in the chest.

Oscar fell on the field and suffered a heart attack. Several players attempted to rescue him by taking telephonic instructions from the local MDA station in the span of time which the paramedics to arrive on to the scene.

Even though Cricket is not a popular sport in Israel, the country conducts an amateur league comprising players from India and other Cricketing nations.

Kobi Weiss, a senior umpire who attended to the injured man, said: “When I got to the pitch, I saw a man of about 50 who was unconscious. The people there said that he had been hit by the ball during the course of the match and collapsed. We immediately began resuscitation procedures, including medications. When his pulse returned and his condition stabilized a bit, he was taken to the hospital.

The Lachish police, who are investigating the incident told that there was no suspicion of foul play.

News Source: Times of Israeli


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