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Umpire passes away five weeks after being struck by a cricket ball

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Umpire John Williams, who was in a coma after getting hit by a cricket ball during in a Pembrokeshire County Division Two match five weeks ago, has died from the injury.

Officiating in an amateur game between Pembroke CC and Narbeth CC, Williams, 80, was flown to the University Hospital of Wales after the accident.

“I was officiating as the other umpire… It was traumatic,” Robert Simons from Narberth CC told the BBC. “He was a grand gentleman, truly a gent from a cricketing point of view, and he gave up a tremendous amount of his time for the sport.

“He was willing to officiate even in his 80th year. It’s very, very sad. The whole of Pembrokeshire cricket would say the same.

Pembrokeshire Cricket tweeted: “Sad news this morning regarding umpire John Williams. John passed away this morning with his family at his bedside. Thoughts of all of Pembrokeshire Cricket are with Hilary and the boys at this difficult and sad time.”

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