Barbados opening batsman Omar Phillips is counting his lucky stars after being knocked unconscious in a freak accident at the Arnos Vale cricket round in St Vincent on Saturday.
Phillips, standing at the non-striker’s end was struck at the back of his head from a shot by teammate Shai Hope, while representing the Barbados Pride in their fourth round encounter against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the WICB’s Professional Cricket League competition.
He was hit just under the helmet, the same place as Australian batsman , who died after being struck by a cricket ball and was rushed from the ground by emergency personnel in an unconscious state.
Speaking from the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown after regaining consciousness, Phillips said the blow had him feeling worried initially, especially considering what had happened to Hughes.
“It had me disturbed and feeling kind of uneasy,” an evidently shaken Phillips explained. “There isn’t much that I can remember about what happened. I just remember trying to get out of the way and then the ball hitting me.
“After that I woke up at the hospital,” he added.
Luckily though, Phillips said so far the CT scans hadn’t shown any damage to the area, and he was being kept under observation.
He said a decision as to whether he would play any further part in the match or if he would return to Barbados would be made when he was released.
Phillips knows his injuries could have been a lot worse and for that he is thankful to be alive.
Barbados Pride coach Henderson Springer said the incident brought to mind not only the fatal death of Australian Hughes but also last week’s incident involving Israeli cricket umpire Hillel Oscar who died after being hit below the jaw by a ball by a batsman during a league match.