Cricket umpire in Israel killed by ball

Hillel Oscar
Hillel Oscar

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.

There were conflicting reports about how he died, with some saying that he was hit in the face, others that he suffered a heart attack after being hit in the chest.2398B4D000000578-2854230-The_umpire_was_rushed_to_hospital_after_being_struck_in_the_head-12_1417284533925

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)

10 Responses to Cricket umpire in Israel killed by ball

  1. Janlyn November 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Wow! two in one week. So sorry for the families and friends left to mourn.

  2. Liz Forde
    Liz Forde November 29, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    so sad RIP

  3. Megan Simmons
    Megan Simmons November 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I never thought that cricket was a dangerous game

    • Eleisha Ashby
      Eleisha Ashby November 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Any game with a ball coming at you with such speed, is dangerous.

    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith November 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Dear Lord, what is this? Again? Cricket they say is a gentleman’s game but it was always dangerous. A good many players have lost their lives playing cricket; hence the authorities saw it fit to introduce the helmet and yet players are being killed.

  4. Eleisha Ashby
    Eleisha Ashby November 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    They should wear helmets if this continue to happened.

  5. Kyrla Robertson
    Kyrla Robertson November 29, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Wow really sad. Revaluation of protective gear needed.

  6. Katrina Yearwood
    Katrina Yearwood November 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Gailene Yearwood

  7. Ramon November 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    So eleisha trying to tell me you want umpires where helmets?
    Also are you aware that Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was wearing a helmet?

  8. St.Eval Neblett November 30, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I know this person, he was my captain when I was in Israel playing for Ashdod team. My condolence to his family and team mates.


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