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Published: Sunday, January 25, 2004, 19:32 [IST]
 
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Australian cricketer killed by lightning bolt
Sunday, January 25 2004 14:02 Hrs (IST)

Sydney:An Australian cricketer was killed by a lightning bolt in a country league game in New South Wales state (NSW), police said.

Witnesses said 31-year-old David Evans's bat exploded after lightning struck his helmet as he stood at the crease late on Saturday afternoon at Bombaderry, about 120 kilometres (92.4 miles) south of Sydney.

"Ambulance officers were called and administered treatment at the scene, however the man was pronounced dead on arrival at Shoalhaven Hospital," a police spokesman said.

Matt Sawkins, 13, and his father Graeme, were both knocked to the ground and slightly injured by the lightning.

"There were storms all afternoon, it was the first bolt of lightning," the teenager told the Sun-Herald newspaper. "His cricket bat exploded. He was about to take strike."

Police said two women feeding their horse were also injured by lightning during the storm, which knocked out power in large areas of the rural area.

afp.com

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