25
Sep
2019

Cricket umpire hit on head by ball during match dies in hospital

“John passed away this morning with his family at his bedside.”Thoughts of all of Pembrokeshire are with Hilary and the boys at this difficult and sad time.” A cricket umpire has died after being hit on the head by a ball during a match – after stepping in at the last minute.Veteran John Williams, 80, was left in a coma after being struck while umpiring a local amateur league.He was flown to at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, 100 miles away – but has died a month after the tragedy.Fellow umpire Merfyn John said it was only because of a “last minute swap” that Mr Williams was umpiring the match.Mr John said: “It’s just one of those things – the ball comes so quickly.”You just move out of the way but these boys are so tall and powerful when they hit the ball, it’s just so fast.”No words can describe the incident – it really hit me when I heard about it.”John is a good umpire, he is fair and he is easy to get on with.John was hit at Pembroke, West Wales, who were playing Narbeth in division two of the local league.Mr Williams, who was secretary of Hundleton Cricket Club in Pembrokeshire, was described as a long-standing servant to local cricket.A spokesman for Pembroke County Cricket Club said: “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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