Hyatt suffers nose break in practice match
BATSMAN Danza Hyatt suffered a broken nose after being hit by an Andre Russell bouncer during yesterday's Jamaica senior cricket team practice match at Sabina Park.
The 30-year-old player was forced to retire hurt on zero. He took no further part in the 50-over encounter.
The short ball — only the second delivery Hyatt faced in his brief time at the crease — seemed to surprise the right-hander on a relatively lively batting square, and it squeezed between the peak of his helmet and the protective grill, to crash into the bridge of his nose.
The players on the field, including Hyatt's clubmate at St Catherine CC, Russell, frantically called for assistance, but there was no medical doctor at the ground.
Instead, physical trainer David Bernard Snr had a look and immediately declared that the nose appeared "broken". Strapped with an ice pack, the trainer instructed that Hyatt be given "emergency attention" moments before the player was whisked away to the University Hospital of the West Indies by a teammate.
After the match, national coach Junior Bennett told the Jamaica Observer that the nose was "definitely broken". Up to press time a date for a corrective operation was yet to be confirmed.
Hyatt, who has played nine One-Day and five Twenty20 (T20) Internationals for the West Indies, was a reserve member of the Jamaica set-up after being left out of the 14-member squad for the NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Jamaicans depart on Tuesday for the tournament, which begins on Thursday.