Jasper Vinall

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Jasper Vinall
Personal information
Full name Jasper Vinall
Born 1590
Died 10 September 1624 (aged 33–34)
West Hoathly, West Sussex, England
Role Village cricket player
Domestic team information
c.1620 to 1624 West Hoathly
Career statistics
Source: T. J. McCann, 20 June 2008

Jasper Vinall (c.1590 – 10 September 1624, West Hoathly, West Sussex) was the first cricketer known to have died as a result of an incident during a game. He was accidentally struck on the forehead with a bat during a game at Horsted Keynes on 28 August 1624 and died thirteen days later.


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.[1]

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.[1]

The tragedy was repeated in 1647 when Henry Brand died after being struck on the head during a match at Selsey, West Sussex.[2]

Laws of cricket changed[edit]

When the first known Laws of cricket were coded in the 1744 season, it was illegal to hit the ball twice, but it is not known when the measure was introduced.[3]


  1. ^ a b McCann, pp. xxxiii–xxxiv.
  2. ^ McCann, pp. xxxix–xl.
  3. ^ Leach, John (2007). "From Lads to Lord's – 1744 : Laws of Cricket". Stumpsite. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 


  • McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society. 

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