News: While ongoing match Peter Nevill was taken to the hospital for a suspected broken jaw after the Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper copped a blow to the right side of his face in a freak accident on Monday (January 16). Nevill, 31, was struck by a stray flying cricket bat during the Renegades’ Big Bash League encounter against hosts Adelaide Strikers and had to be taken off the field for further treatment.
The incident occurred in the 18th over of Adelaide’s chase when Strikers batsman Brad Hodge lost grip of his bat while attempting a pull shot. The bat flew straight behind the stumps and hit a ball-watching Nevill near his right cheek bone.
The Renegades keeper, who instantly went down from the painful blow, was attended to by the team’s physio, who subsequently escorted a visibly shaken Nevill off the playing surface to sympathetic applause from the Adelaide Oval. Aaron Finch deputised behind the stumps for the injured Nevill for the remainder of the game, a contest won by the visiting Renegades by six runs.
Incidentally, Nevill also had to be leave the field due to an injury in an earlier game in the BBL season. In that game against the Sydney Sixers, he was struck on the head by the ball while attempting to collect a throw from the deep. He was whisked away for a concussion test before being cleared to take the field an over later.