Luke Fletcher, the Nottinghamshire fast bowler, suffered a horrific head injury during the NatWest T20 Blast match against Birmingham Bears on Saturday (July 8) which forced the match to be suspended for 30 minutes while the injured player received treatment before walking out of the ground.
The unfortunate incident occurred when Fletcher, one of the most popular players in county circuit, came to bowl Nottinghamshire’s fourth and his first over but could bowl just a solitary delivery after Sam Hain’s ferocious straight-drive struck him on the head in his follow through.
The on-field umpires called for medical assistance straight away while the players looked in a state of shock, indicating the seriousness of the head injury.
Dear God in heaven this could have killed Luke Fletcher….. pic.twitter.com/Q7tWN90khD
— Thomas Walsh (@ThomasWalsh1) July 8, 2017
A statement from Nottinghamshire stated that the player was taken to hospital afterwards.
“Luke Fletcher has been taken to a hospital to assess the extent of the head injury sustained in the NatWest T20 Blast between the Birmingham Bears and the Notts Outlaws and an update on his condition will be communicated in due course.
“He was able to walk off the field of play and, after receiving treatment from the medical staff, it was recommended he go to a hospital for a thorough check-up,” the statement read.
Later, England pacer Jake Ball tweeted a picture of Fletcher, wearing an oxygen mask but with his thumbs up, adding: “Horrible injury to @fletcherluke but looks like he’s doing well off to hospital #legend”
— Jake Ball (@JakeBall) July 8, 2017
Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores provided further update on Fletcher’s condition after the match and hoped that the bowler would be discharged in the next 24 hours.
“Luke has obviously got a concussion but the reports we’re hearing back are that they think he’s going to be fine and hopefully he will go home either tonight or tomorrow morning,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire lost the match by six wickets in dramatic fashion. Defending 158, the Notts had the chance to tie the match but Michael Lumb fumbled when he tried to complete a last-ball run out as the Bears won the thriller.