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Donald Crashes Out In Agony

Warwickshire’s overseas player Allan Donald faces a six-week lay off after colliding with a fence as he chased a catch yesterday.

The South African fast bowler had already set about Hampshire’s batsmen in the National League game at Southampton.

With figures of three wickets for just nine runs, he had already made a huge contribution to the 97 run victory.

But while in the field a slog by Australian star Shane Warne saw Donald right up against the long on fence trying to complete the catch.

He smashed into the advertising hoardings and crumpled to the ground in agony.

Eyewitnesses said that he lay still for several minutes without moving as players and officials came to help.

Donald was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

An x-ray revealed that he had broken two ribs.

It is estimated that he will miss the first six weeks of the season-proper.

This will include five championship games, starting with the county's opening game in the new Division Two against Glamorgan at Edgbaston on Wednesday. 

Donald was named man of the match for his efforts. Hampshire Hawks could only muster 118 all out in reply to Warwickshire’s 215 for eight.

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CWN / Sport / Cricket / Warwickshire Country Cricket / 2 May 00

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