List of fatalities while playing cricket

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The following is a list of notable cricket players who died while playing a game, died directly from injuries sustained while playing, or died after being taken ill on the ground.

Player Cause Date Place
Jasper Vinall Struck on the head by a bat as a result of a double-hit attempt.[1] 28 August 1624 Horsted Keynes, Sussex
Henry Brand Struck on the head by a bat (notable for being a similar double-hit to Vinall, which may have resulted in the 1744 codification of the rule.[2] 1647 Selsey, West Sussex.
Frederick, Prince of Wales Keen on cricket and real tennis, it's been speculated that he died from either a pulmonary embolism or a burst abscess caused by being hit with a ball[3] 20 March 1751 London
James Balchen "Killed by a cricket ball"[4] buried 14 June 1764 Godalming, Surrey
George Summers Struck on the head by a ball[5] 29 June 1870 Nottingham
H.P. Lighton Struck by a return drive by a batsman[6] 1872 Repton, Derbyshire
Claude Wilson Killed by sunstroke[7] 29 June 1881 Betchworth, Surrey
Frederick Randon Sr. Struck on the head by a ball at Lord's in 1881, from which he never fully recovered, dying in February 1883[8] 17 February 1883 Hathern, Leicestershire
Charles Lane Struck over the heart by a ball[9] 20 May 1895 Cosme, Paraguay
Arthur Earlam Struck by a return drive by the batsman[10] July 1921 Runcorn, Cheshire
Andy Ducat Heart failure[11] 23 July 1942 London
Tom Killick Heart problem[12] 18 May 1953 Northampton
Abdul Aziz Struck over the heart by a ball[13] 17 January 1959 Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Martin Bedkober Died when hit over the heart by a cricket ball;[14] flatmate of Jeff Thomson 13 December 1975 Brisbane, Queensland
Michael Ainsworth "Suddenly"[15] 28 August 1978 Hillingdon, London
Wilf Slack Collapsed while batting[16] 15 January 1989 Banjul, the Gambia
Ian Folley Heart attack while being treated in hospital for eye injury sustained on the field[17] 30 August 1993 Whitehaven, Cumbria
Raman Lamba Struck on the head by a ball while fielding[18] 20 February 1998 Dhaka, Bangladesh
Wasim Raja Suffered a heart attack on the pitch[16][19] 23 August 2006 Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Darryn Randall Struck on the head by a ball[16] 27 October 2013 Alice, Eastern Cape
Phillip Hughes Struck on the neck by a ball[20] 27 November 2014 Sydney, New South Wales
Raymond van Schoor Stroke[21] 20 November 2015 Windhoek, Namibia


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  18. ^ "The tragic death of Raman Lamba". Martin Williamson. Cricinfo Magazine, 14 August 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Wasim Raja dies playing cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. 23 August 2006.
  20. ^ Staff reporters (27 November 2014). "Phillip Hughes dead: Australian cricketer dies after bouncer at SCG". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  21. ^ "Namibian cricketer Raymond van Schoor dies, aged 25, five days after on-field collapse due to stroke". 21 November 2015.