Two South Africa Cricketers Hospitalised after Brutal Attack by UK Goons ∼ A gang of thugs attacked two cricketers from South Africa, who suffered severe injuries in England late last month. According to The Oldham Times, amateur player Justin Watson (20) and professional Marques Ackerman (22) sustained the attack while leaving a nightclub on July 27.
Captain and acting chairperson of the Shaw Cricket Club, Steve Whiston admitted that seven thugs attacked them and brutally beaten while they were returning home. Three people punched Watson repeatedly on the face and head leaving him with two fractures. Later on, the common people took him to the hospital where he was due to have surgery to have a plate inserted in his jaw.
The report added that the goons hit Ackermann from behind and he hit the ground unconsciously. He has since left the hospital, but suffered a severe concussion.
Watson, who represented Gauteng as a junior player, therefore, will miss the rest of the English season. He had an eye on playing professionally in England and was on trial at several counties.
Ackermann, a former Under-19 player from South Africa, has played 21 first-class matches and represented local teams like the Lions, North West, and KwaZulu-Natal.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police admitted they arrested a 27-year-old man following the incident on suspicion of section 47 assault. However, he was later released under investigation.
Meanwhile, this is not the first instance of this kind. Previously, junior cricketers coming to play in England have also faced similar situations.
SHOCKING NEWS THIS…?? Thinking of the two young cricketers from the @HighveldLions & @DolphinsCricket areas… Any young players dream to play cricket overseas & then this happens… Hoping for their speed recovery ??? #SAvSL https://t.co/3DE3xdWMiS
— Dave Nosworthy (@DONCRICKET) August 5, 2018