|Full name||Jasper Vinall|
10 September 1624 (aged 33–34)|
West Hoathly, West 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 – 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.
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.
Laws of cricket changed
- McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society.
- Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins.
- "The official laws of cricket". Marylebone Cricket Club. 2010.