THIS is the horror moment cricket stars were left in tears after a bowler was hit in the head by a ball in a terrifying accident on live TV.
Luke Fletcher was playing for the Nottinghamshire Outlaws against the Birmingham Bears when he was struck in the face.
The 28-year-old had bowled to batsman Sam Hain, 21, who drilled the ball back in his direction.
The pair were standing around 20ft away from each other, with Fletcher having no time to react and dodge the ball.
It struck him in the top of the head, leaving him in a crumpled heap on the ground.
Players and umpires then frantically called for medical attention, who rushed onto the pitch in his aid.
His team-mates and opponents were left visibly shocked by the shocking accident on Sky Sports last night.
And England ace Samit Patel was in left in tears as he watched Fletcher receive treatment on the wicket.
He was able to walk off the pitch with the aid of medics, but the match was abandoned for at least 45 minutes as the players struggled to cope.
The match restarted again, with both sets of players clearly affected.
He was kept in overnight at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital, after suffering severe concussion, and is expected to be released later today.
England star Jake Ball tweeted a picture of Fletcher in a back of an ambulance with his thumbs up to reassure fans.
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Nottinghamshire physio James Pipe said: “It looks like he is going to be fine, but we will obviously continue to monitor him very closely, as we did overnight.
“The game has strong emergency care plans in place and I would just like to thank all the staff at Edgbaston as we worked together to implement them.
“They were amazing in terms of the support they gave and could not have done more. The staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have also been fantastic too.”
The incident brought back chilling memories of tragic Australian cricket Phillip Hughes death in 2014.
He was struck on the neck/head area with a ball, which he never recovered from and sadly passed away in hospital two days later.
TV viewers and crickets fans reacted with shock on social media at the incident on Sky Sports tonight.