Cricketer bounces back after health scare

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WELL-known cricketer Jim Smallbone is making a good recovery after suffering a massive heart attack during a game.

The 63-year-old, who plays for Havant Cricket Club, is due home this week after being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital last month.

As reported, Mr Smallbone was batting for the Hampshire over-60s when he collapsed during a game at Middleton-on-Sea, near Bognor.

Wicket keeper Mick Tindall, who plays for Sussex over-60s, immediately started performing chest compressions to revive Mr Smallbone, who had stopped breathing.

Paramedics who arrived shortly later said Mr Smallbone could have died without the quick actions of Mr Tindall.

Surgeons have now unblocked arteries that caused the heart attack.

Fellow cricketer Mike Vimpany, from Fareham, said: ‘Jim is sitting up in bed in hospital and should be home after a few more checks.

‘He’s fine and out of danger.

‘It was a traumatic experience for the team, but Jim says he can’t remember anything.

‘The emergency services were brilliant.’

Mr Smallbone, of Borough Road, Petersfield, is a former captain for Petersfield Cricket Club and is renowned for his slow left-arm bowl.