A POPULAR cricketer who collapsed at the crease after suffering a suspected heart attack was revived by spectators and opposing team players.
Ian Wakefield was getting ready to bat for Rolleston Cricket Club’s second team against Sawley & Long Eaton Park when he suddenly slumped to the ground.
The 50-year-old, from Stretton, was given CPR by a member of the opposition before having his heart restarted with a defibrillator.
He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Derby Hospital, where he remains for tests to pinpoint exactly what caused him to collapse.
Now, team-mates have moved to thank the peoplewho stepped in and ‘saved his life’.
Bob James, chairman of Rolleston Cricket Club, said: “Everyone at the club thanks the people that saved Ian’s life from the bottom of our hearts.
“He collapsed while batting and he was given CPR by a spectator and members of the other team before a defibrillator was used by ambulance staff, who swiftly arrived at the scene.
“While not fully fit at the moment as he remains in hospital, he appears in good health and thankful for all of the people wishing him well.
“All of our thoughts are now with him and his wife Alison during his recovery.
“We all hope he gets well soon and gets back on the cricket field.”
Nick Goode was acting captain for the day when his team-mate fell ill and spoke to the Mail about what happened.
He said: “It was a suspected heart attack but doctors are still carrying out tests to get to the bottom of what actually happened.
“All of a sudden he just dropped and the opposing team players rushed to give him CPR.
“However, the good news is that he is doing well, is up and about and will hopefully be all right.
“He is a great guy and we have been inundated with good wishes for him after what has happened.
“We have already contacted the captain of Sawley & Long Eaton Park to pass on our thanks for what his team did to save Ian’s life at the weekend.”
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 6.12pm on Saturday to West Park, in Long Eaton, reporting a male who had collapsed on the playing field.
“A fast response vehicle arrived on scene within four minutes of the call being made.
“A double crewed ambulance was also dispatched and took the patient to Royal Derby Hospital.”