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England cricket stars rally around as 11-year-old girl hit in mouth by Phil Salt six at Hundred game

Alex Hartley and Kate Cross star in England after huge cricket fan Emily, 11 – who dreams of impersonating them – is punched in the mouth by a huge Phil Salt six in a freak accident at Old Trafford Hundred match

  • Emily Vandersteen, 11, was at Old Trafford for Tuesday’s Hundred game between Manchester Originals and Welsh Fire
  • The eager young cricketer was excited to see English stars Kate Cross and Alex Hartley in action and posed for a photo with Hartley before the match
  • But Emily was stuck in the mouth and needed stitches in the emergency room after a huge Phil Salt bounced off a metal rail early in the men’s race.
  • Cross, Hartley and Salt checked Emily on social media after the accident in which Salt arranged an Originals care package for her

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With big hitters and skilled bowlers, The Hundred guarantees excitement and has quickly become hugely popular.

But with so many shots clearing the boundary rope for six, sometimes things can go wrong.

Cricket-crazy Emily Vandersteen, 11, sat in the stands at Old Trafford on Tuesday night for the Manchester Originals vs. Welsh Fire Hundred match.

She was overjoyed to meet England star Alex Hartley for the women’s match that kicked off the evening’s double-header.

But during the early stages of the men’s game that followed, Originals opener Phil Salt smashed one of his towering sixes into the stands.

In a freak accident, the ball bounced off a metal railing, changed direction sharply and hit Emily, who was in the seventh row, in the mouth.

11-year-old cricket fan Emily Vandersteen, pictured with Welsh Fire player Alex Hartley, required stitches after being punched in the mouth by a huge Phil Salt six during Tuesday's Hundred game

11-year-old cricket fan Emily Vandersteen, pictured with Welsh Fire player Alex Hartley, required stitches after being punched in the mouth by a huge Phil Salt six during Tuesday’s Hundred game

Manchester Originals opener Salt hit four sixes during the early stages of the match - one of which hit a metal railing in the stands and hit 11-year-old Emily in the face

Manchester Originals opener Salt hit four sixes during the early stages of the match - one of which hit a metal railing in the stands and hit 11-year-old Emily in the face

Manchester Originals opener Salt hit four sixes during the early stages of the match – one of which hit a metal railing in the stands and hit 11-year-old Emily in the face

She was taken to the emergency room and required a series of stitches, which allowed her to eat only through a straw.

Salt, Hartley and Kate Cross were quick to check in on how Emily was doing on social media.

‘Emily loves cricket and is a bowler for the Cheshire Under-11 County team,’ her mother Mel . told me Sports post.

Emily was taken to the emergency room and needed stitches in the corner of her mouth after the bizarre accident at Old Trafford

Emily was taken to the emergency room and needed stitches in the corner of her mouth after the bizarre accident at Old Trafford

Emily was taken to the emergency room and needed stitches in the corner of her mouth after the bizarre accident at Old Trafford

‘She played cricket every day all summer and this week she played at the Malvern Festival.

“She played for Cheshire against Cambridge, Norfolk and Lancashire. They were supposed to play Durham on Tuesday but it was raining so we went to Old Trafford.

“We said it was ironic that she has played so much cricket this summer and suffered no injuries – then this is what happens when we go and watch.

Emily loves Kate Cross and Alex Hartley and always listens to the No Balls podcast they present.

“She wore a t-shirt with their name on it because it was the big fight of the No Balls presenters.

“They really inspired her to play cricket and it is her dream to play for England one day.

“The Hundred was great for women and it’s inspiring for the young girls watching.”

Medical staff at Old Trafford saw the incident on screens on which Sky Sports were reporting live and rushed to treat Emily’s injuries.

The family was in the ER for three hours when Emily got stitches in the corner of her mouth.

England international Kate Cross bowls for the Manchester Originals during the match

England international Kate Cross bowls for the Manchester Originals during the match

England international Kate Cross bowls for the Manchester Originals during the match

Alex Hartley calls on LBW while bowling for Welsh Fire at The Hundred match

Alex Hartley calls on LBW while bowling for Welsh Fire at The Hundred match

Alex Hartley calls on LBW while bowling for Welsh Fire at The Hundred match

Though she was still shocked at what had happened, Emily kept asking her mom for score updates while the game was still going on.

“I was looking for straws at five in the morning,” Mel added. “But at the moment she even has trouble sucking food or drink through a straw, we had to drip her.”

After seeing Mel’s tweet about the accident, Salt replied, “I’m sorry to hear this, I hope she’s feeling well now and the A&E trip was okay.

Salt tweeted Emily's mom to check on her after his towering six punched her in the mouth

Salt tweeted Emily's mom to check on her after his towering six punched her in the mouth

Salt tweeted Emily’s mom to check on her after his towering six punched her in the mouth

Kate Cross also checked to make sure Emily was doing well after her visit to A&E on Tuesday night

Kate Cross also checked to make sure Emily was doing well after her visit to A&E on Tuesday night

Kate Cross also checked to make sure Emily was doing well after her visit to A&E on Tuesday night

“Send me a DM and we can arrange an Originals care package for a speedy recovery.”

Hartley also asked about Emily, saying she had the “best t-shirt on the track.”

Cross tweeted: ‘How’s Mel? Hopefully it will be a speedy recovery. I also love the t-shirt.’

It was a good night for the Originals, with both the male and female sides claiming victory over the Welsh Fire.

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