- South Australia opener Henry Hunt suffers painful blow to face
- Incident occurs during game against Victoria at the Junction Oval in Melbourne
- Henry Hunt drops catch and is struck in the face by the ball
- 27-year old bleeds profusely and is sent to the hospital for scans
- Victoria wins the game against South Australia by 3 wickets
The recently-concluded game between Victoria and South Australia in the ongoing Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2023-24 was marred by a nasty injury suffered by Henry Hunt. The South Australia opener suffered a painful blow on his face while fielding during the game at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. The incident took place in the 25th over of Victoria’s innings when Henry Hunt was fielding at mid-off. The 27-year old suffered a suspected broken nose after being struck flush in the face.
The ball hit Henry Hunt’s face after he dropped a catch. He lost his footing while trying to catch a powerful shot from Tom Rogers and the ball slipped through his hands before hitting him on the face. Immediately after the blow, Hunt started bleeding profusely as other players rushed to his aid. Ground staff had to lay sawdust down on the part of the outfield where he had been hit due to the amount of blood he had lost.
Despite the injury to Henry Hunt, the game continued with Victoria eventually winning by 3 wickets. South Australia, batting first, scored 231 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Both openers, Hunt and Jake Fraser-McGurk, failed to deliver before a 62-run stand between Jake Winter and captain Nathan McSweeney steadied the ship. However, both batters failed to capitalize on their starts.
In reply, Victoria’s openers Thomas Rogers and Nic Maddison set the tone for the chase by scoring half-centuries and sharing a 103-run stand. Although Victoria lost a number of wickets in the middle, they managed to chase down the total in the 45th over.
The Australia Domestic One-Day Cup game between Victoria and South Australia was overshadowed by Henry Hunt’s nasty injury. The South Australia opener suffered a suspected broken nose after being struck in the face while fielding. Despite the injury, Victoria emerged victorious in the game. The incident serves as a reminder of the risks involved in the game of cricket and the importance of player safety. We wish Henry Hunt a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field soon.