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October 10, 2003, 03:45 PM
Red Stripe Bowl

Lightning strike fells Test star

Wisden Cricinfo staff

October 10, 2003

Two players were struck by lightning during Thursday's Red Stripe Bowl match between Trinidad and the Windward Islands in Jamaica. Trinidad's Mervyn Dillon and the Windwards' Fernix Thomas were both felled as Thomas moved in to bowl to Dillon. The pair were taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies for overnight observation where their condition was described as "stable", and visitors later in the day said both the players were laughing and joking.

The incident occurred when a bolt of lightning struck from what witnesses said was a clear blue sky. Dillon slowly slumped to the ground clutching his left side, while Thomas ran unsteadily to the pavilion. The strike was accompanied by a clap of thunder which Tony Gray, Trinidad and Tobago's coach, described as "the loudest noise I have ever heard". Spectators rushed for shelter, and although several players were seen on the ground it appeared that most had dived for cover rather than been struck.

It was a surprise when the decision was made shortly afterwards to resume the match, and more so when Thomas took the field after receiving treatment. He bowled two more overs before complaining of a headache and a burning sensation on his neck and walking off. Shortly after Thomas and Dillon - who had been receiving treatment in the pavilion - were taken away in an ambulance. As play continued the skies darkened and more lightning and thunder could be seen and heard nearby, but it took a heavy downpour to send the players scurrying for cover, and shortly after the match was abandoned with the outfield underwater.

It is not thought that Dillon's availability for selection for West Indies' forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe will be affected.

Wisden Cricinfo Ltd'

[Edited on 10-10-2003 by Arnab]

[Edited on 10-10-2003 by Arnab : pardon me for posting in the wrong forum. But still...WAAAA!]

October 10, 2003, 03:48 PM
Thats just nuts!

October 10, 2003, 04:23 PM
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Trinidad and West Indies fastbowler, Mervyn Dillon (sitting on the ground), is being attended to by medical staff after he was struck by lightning yesterday during a Red Stripe Bowl limited overs cricket match at Kensington Park in east Kingston.

October 10, 2003, 04:24 PM
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Dillon being assisted off the field by the medical staff. (Photos: Michael Gordon)

October 10, 2003, 04:27 PM
A real "Bina meghe bozropat"!!!

October 10, 2003, 04:30 PM

"Fernix Thomas, a fast bowler from Dominica, suffered the most. Upon being struck by the lightning, he immediately latched onto his neck dived to the ground. Completely disoriented, Thomas ran straight to midwicket then ran around in circles then into the pavilion."

October 10, 2003, 05:39 PM
Poor job by the umpires, they are supposed to take the fielders of when the conditions are dangourus.