Jasper Vinall (born c. 1590; died 28 August 1624 at Horsted Keynes, East Sussex) was the first cricketer known to have been killed while playing the game.
The fatality occurred when Vinall, a fielder, was struck on the head by the batsman who was trying to hit the ball a second time
to avoid being caught. Mr Vinall is thus the earliest recorded cricketing fatality. The matter was recorded in a coroner
’s court, which returned a verdict of misadventure
An interesting point arising from the court record is that both Jasper Vinall and the batsman Edward Tye came from West Hoathly , another village, which indicates that games involving teams from different parishes were already being played at this early time in the sport's history .
The tragedy was repeated in 1647 when Henry Brand was killed at Selsey, West Sussex .
Laws of Cricket changed
When the first known Laws of cricket
were coded in the 1744 season
, it was illegal to hit the ball twice. It is not known when the measure was introduced .
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