Cricket umpire in Israel killed by ball
An umpire at a cricket match in the Israeli city of Ashdod has died after being hit by a ball, reports say.
Witnesses say a fast delivery by the bowler came off the batsman’s bat, striking the wicket and then the man.
The incident comes just two days after Australian batsman Phillip Hughes died of a head injury caused by being struck by a ball at a match in Sydney.
Umpires in cricket, unlike some players, do not wear helmets but such incidents are extremely rare.
An umpire at a match in Wales died five years ago after a ball thrown by a fielder hit him on the head.
AFP news agency, quoting the Israeli Cricket Association, named the umpire as Hillel Oscar, 55, and described him as the former captain of the national cricket team.
He was taken to a city hospital, but medics were unable to revive him.
Today’s match was the last in Israel’s league season. (BBC)