The injury curse strikes again for the Herts Falcons

Herts Falcons in action against the Essex Arrows. Picture (c) Richard Lee,
Herts Falcons in action against the Essex Arrows. Picture (c) Richard Lee,

The season of freakish injuries continued for the Herts Falcons as they were beaten by the Essex Arrows.

The injury-hit Falcons were in the driving seat, leading 7-4 going into the sixth inning and about to cause a major upset, but then the curse struck again.

Tom Armstrong collided with the outfield wall while attempting a spectacular outfield catch and, after a 45-minute delay to enable an ambulance to take him to hospital, the Arrows turned the game on its head to win 16-7.

Essex also won the second game of the double-header to go top of the NBL standings.

Falcons manager Lee Manning said: “Injures are killing us at the moment but the lads are battling hard. We wish Tom and the other injured players a speedy recovery. We should have a few of them back before we play again.”

Essex hit five home runs, three of which came on three consecutive pitches, while the Falcons had four home runs of their own courtesy of John Blose, Jamie Gregory and Jose Sosa (2).

There was a similar home-run-fest in Richmond where the Herts Hawks battled hard but lost 11-3 and 12-9 against the Richmond Dragons in the Double-A League.

In the Triple-A League, the Eagles lost the first game of the double-header 24-11 against Hove Tuesday but came back in dramatic fashion to win the second game 8-7.

In the Single-A League, Herts Raptors lost 16-3 to the Kent Mariners in a time-restricted six-inning game.