LONDON, July 7

A cricketer has died after being struck on the chest by a ball during a local league match in Surrey.

Bavalan Pathmanathan, 24, was batting for Manipay Parish Sports Club in the British Tamil League on Sunday at Long Ditton recreation grounds. An air ambulance was called but he later died of his injuries. In November, Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

A teammate of Pathmanathan’s, who was also batting at the time, told the Colombo Mirror: “When he received the hit I asked from the other end if he is alright. He gave a thumb-up and nodded to indicate he was alright, while pressing his chest. He took a couple of steps behind the stumps and collapsed. He was such a talented and composed cricketer and a darling friend. Every one of us is going through terrible pain as a result of this terrible loss.”