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Air ambulance lands at Derbyshire cricket ground – Derbyshire Live

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An air ambulance was called to a Derbyshire cricket match to treat the father of one of the team captains.

The incident happened when South Wingfield skipper Alex Mace asked his dad Ian to fetch a ball which left the grounds of Wirksworth Cricket Club, near Matlock.

But, Ian, who has been watching his son play for 20 years, got into difficulty while searching the surrounding countryside for the missing cricket ball.

The 63-year-old fell down a slippery slope and was left needing immediate medical attention at around 3pm on Saturday.

Umpire Graham Harvey confirmed the Derbyshire County League Division 1 clash was stopped for 40 minutes to allow the air ambulance to land on the pitch.

Ian Mace at the Royal Derby Hospital with his son Alex, the South Wingfield captain
Ian Mace at the Royal Derby Hospital with his son Alex, the South Wingfield captain

After receiving initial treatment at the ground, Ian was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital by land ambulance.

Mr Mace is relieved his dad’s injuries aren’t as bad as first feared.

The 33-year-old said: “I instructed him to search for a cricket ball which went out the ground and into the countryside.

“It was strange because dad doesn’t usually walk around while I’m playing, he normally just sits and watches.

 

“He fell on his leg down a slippery slope. We thought he might have broken his femur and were worried about his upper leg.

“He’s okay now, at the time we thought it was a lot worse than it is. Doctors think it’s either detached quadriceps or the ligaments in his upper leg.

“Dad’s back at home now, resting his leg with ice and waiting for the swelling to go down.”

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After two hours off the pitch, Alex returned to lead his team to a rare league victory in a tough season so far.

He added: “My mum went to the hospital with him so there was nothing more I could do.

“When we resumed play I kept rushing off for drinks to find out if there were any updates on his condition.

“We’ve not been having the best of seasons, but we won the match. Dad was more annoyed that he wasn’t able to see us win.

“I’d like to extend thanks to all the help we received from Wirksworth Cricket Club – both players and supporters, it was most appreciated.

“It was a drama filled day.”

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