Miracle escape for tiny tot hit by cricket ball

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A BABY has escaped serious injury after being hit on the head by a stray cricket ball.

Theo Manderson was struck by a ball that went for six, bounced over the pavilion wall - and flew through an open door of his home.

The four-month-old was in the arms of his mother at their home in Coronation Street, Darfield, Barnsley, when he was struck during Darfield Cricket Club’s home tie with Brodsworth Main.

He was taken to Barnsley Hospital and kept in for observation, but is thought to have suffered nothing more serious than bruising to his forehead.

Club chairman David Wainwright said: “It was a freak accident. The ball was struck, bounced over the wall outside the pavilion, went through the door, bounced up again and unfortunately struck the baby while his mum was holding him.

“I’m told the cricketer was upset, and I imagine he was, as he’s a family man himself.”

Mr Wainwright visited Theo’s family on behalf of the club, and added: “We were all obviously very concerned about the little boy and wanted to check everything was all right.”

The game a week last Sunday was abandoned after the accident, and the two teams split the points between them.