|Full name||Jasper Vinall|
|Died||28 August 1624 (aged 33–34)
Horsted Keynes, East Sussex, England
|Role||Village cricket player|
|Domestic team information|
|c.1620 to 1624||West Hoathly|
|Source: T J McCann, 20 June 2008|
Jasper Vinall (c.1590 – 28 August 1624, Horsted Keynes, East Sussex) was the first cricketer known to have died as a result of an incident during a game. It is not known if he died on the field or elsewhere; possibly the game took place on an earlier date.
The fatality occurred after Vinall, a fielder, was struck on the head by the batsman who was trying to hit the ball a second time to avoid being caught. Vinall is thus the earliest recorded cricketing fatality. The matter was recorded in a coroner’s court, which returned a verdict of misadventure.
An interesting point arising from the court record is that both Jasper Vinall and the batsman Edward Tye came from West Hoathly, another village, which indicates that games involving teams from different parishes were already being played at this early time in the sport's history.
The tragedy was repeated in 1647 when Henry Brand died after being struck on the head during a match at Selsey, West Sussex.
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