A young cricket fan had to be sent to the hospital after being hit by a ball during the match between New Zealand and Bangladesh |at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval last night. Glenn Phillips smashed a six over long-on and it struck the 10-year-old girl on the head. New Zealand Cricket said she was “lucid” and able to sit up when she was assessed by doctors on the ground. She has since been taken to the hospital for further checks.
A Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ spokesperson informed on Monday morning that a 10-year-old girl was brought to Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department last night. She was checked over and sent home, the spokesperson said. Phillips was immediately concerned about the spectator and could be seen looking into the audience after his six.
After Phillips smashed the six, commentator Mark Richardson said, “There is a bit of concern for a spectator up on the hill there. That went very quickly.”
Phillips Ran Quickly to check that 12 year old girl who got hurt by his shot ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5VMAY69lbT
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After completing the match, Glenn Phillips sprinted to the embankment to check on the girl. Black Caps spin bowler Ish Sodhi said his teammate was concerned about her condition.
Sodhi said, “We’ve seen it a few times now. It is so hard to manage, you almost have to have a barrier up in certain areas where maybe children and people that are vulnerable can sit and be safer. GP hits the ball really hard. The young girl that was struck, thankfully at the moment is doing alright which is great to see. GP has obviously shown his concern out there and everyone else is inside so I think she’s in the best hands at the moment.”
UPDATE: The girl (who is 10) was kept in for observation and discharged earlier this morning. She is now home with her family and reportedly doing well – while still being monitored.
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