Perth Scorchers quick bowler Matt Kelly has copped an outfield throw to the face earlier than falling to the bottom in scary scenes in opposition to the Melbourne Renegades.
There have been initially fears for Kelly’s security after he lay unmoving on the turf however after going from the sphere, it was reported he had solely suffered a laceration and was present process concussion protocols.
Kelly was standing on the bowlers finish able to obtain a throw from the outfield when the ball cannoned into Melbourne Renegades batter Aaron Finch’s bat, ricocheting into the face of the Scorchers participant.
On replay, it appeared to hit him within the nostril or cheekbone.
However after falling to the turf, the gamers stood again and allowed the medical staff to help Kelly.
With blood pouring from his nostril he was ultimately sat up and was assisted from the sphere and changed within the recreation below concussion protocols.
A number of overs later, Fox Cricket sideline reporter Nicola Bolton reported that Kelly was all proper and hadn’t been despatched to hospital.
“He’s nonetheless presently going via the concussion protocols after that sickening ball to the face,” Bolton stated.
“So far as we all know, he’s simply suffered a laceration simply subsequent to his mouth. However he’s in good spirits, he hasn’t been taken to hospital however clearly we’ve seen the Scorchers take the concussion sub rule for Peter Hatzoglou to bowl out the remainder of the overs.
“So he’s okay, he’s nonetheless right here, fingers crossed he’s trying okay by the top of the sport.”
On the finish of the sport, Cameron Bancroft stated it was arduous to observe however that the Scorchers medical workers would take nice care of him.
“It was fairly sickening to be on the market and watch it,” he stated.
“It appeared like he was knocked out chilly there for a bit bit however essentially the most pleasing factor was that he acquired up and walked off the sphere, which was a constructive factor.”
CODE Sports activities’ Lachlan McKirdy tweeted: “Freak accident at Optus Stadium.
“The ball ricochets of Aaron Finch’s bat and into Matt Kelly’s face, close to the cheekbone. Was out chilly for quite a few seconds, however is now sitting up.
“Actually arduous watch.”
He reported that Kelly’s Scorchers teammate Stephen Eskinazi clarified he hadn’t been knocked out however that there was numerous blood.
McKirdy additionally stated the DJ performed: “ … Stayin’ Alive, adopted by Shake It Off. Bit of sophistication would have been good there for one in every of their very own.”
AJ Tye additionally left the sphere after he dropped a catch, leaving him bleeding from the nostril.
But it surely was one other huge win for the Scorchers, who wrapped up the minor premiership and can host The Qualifier in opposition to the Sydney Sixers, each who’ve locked in first and second respectively.
The Scorchers smashed a outstanding 0/62 off the primary 4 overs earlier than tallying 5/212 in entrance of its house crowd.
Cameron Bancroft hit his highest BBL rating, ending on 95 not out off 50 balls.
The Renegades fought arduous however fell 10 runs quick.
Shaun Marsh hit 54 off 34 balls in his BBL return, earlier than Finch slammed 76 off 35 balls.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t sufficient because the Scorchers booked a house last for the grand last qualifier on Saturday night time.