Hatherleigh chairman rushed to hospital

Hatherleigh Cricket Club chairman Nick Rogers

Hatherleigh Cricket Club chairman Nick Rogers - Credit: Archant

The 61-year-old suffered a suspected heart attack on Tuesday.

Hatherleigh Cricket Club chairman Nick Rogers remains seriously ill in a Portsmouth hospital after collapsing during a match against Hampshire.

Mr Rogers, who lives near Torrington, was captaining the Devon over-60s’ cricket team in a match against Hampshire

The, 61-year-old had just been dismissed in the game at Warnford, near Winchester on Tuesday and was leaving the playing area when he collapsed with a suspected heart attack.

Hampshire officials were able to treat Rogers with a defibrillator kept in the clubhouse.

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A Hampshire player suffered a heart attack in a game several years ago and the Seniors Cricket Club bought several defibrillators for use if a similar emergency happened again.

An air ambulance, two paramedics and three police vehicles attended the scene.

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The paramedics took more than an hour to treat and stabilise Mr Rogers, who was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth by air ambulance.

The match was abandoned.

Mr Rogers is expected to be in hospital for two weeks while he recovers.

A Hatherleigh CC spokesman said Rogers remained in an induced coma last night.

“They are hoping to wake him today (Thursday),” said the spokesman.

A spokesman for Queen Alexandra Hospital said it was against policy to comment on the condition of patients.

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