Right-arm fast bowler from Australia, Joe Mennie became the first player to be substituted out of a match in the County Championship under new concussion guidelines laid out by the lawmakers, after the youngster suffered a blow on his head.
Playing for Lancashire, Mennie had to leave the field immediately as the Worcestershire batsman Martin Guptill played a ball that hit the fast bowler while following through very hard.
It was Day 2 and Lancashire immediately informed the match cricket liaison officer, Richard Ellison, of its intention to withdraw Mennie from the remainder of the fixture. Ellison approved Lancashire’s request to replace Mennie with Danny Lamb, who was travelling down from Manchester on Thursday.
Lancashire assistant coach Mark Chilton, was quoted saying about the matter as, “Joe has taken quite a nasty impact on the side of the head just above the temple, quite a heavy blow, That causes an immediate concern for everyone. At some point tonight (Thursday) he will undergo his concussion tests but at this minute it is just being considered as a head injury,”
“He was conscious all the time but clearly not very well and pretty dazed by it and his head is sore. He is much better now and has shown signs of significant improvement. We took an early view because of the severity of the impact that we have to withdraw Joe from the game. There is very clear protocol to follow.”
(Inputs from SportStar Live)