Following scans, it has been confirmed that Deandra Dottin, Brisbane Heat’s West Indian star, has sustained multiple fractures to her cheekbone after an on-field collision with teammate Laura Harris in the Women’s Big Bash League match against Melbourne Stars on Tuesday (December 27).
Dottin and Harris, both rushing to save a boundary without looking at the other, collided at the Allan Border Field. Dottin, who lay on the ground writhing in pain, was stretchered off the field and taken to hospital with suspected concussion.
The incident took place with the Stars on 72 for no loss in the 11th over of their chase of Heat’s 129 for 5, when Meg Lanning lofted Haidee Birkett, the medium pacer, over midwicket. The ball landed between Dottin and Harris just inside the rope before rolling across even as the two clashed. Both players fell heavily, Harris appearing to hit the picket fencing, while Dottin landed on a team kitbag just in front of the fence.
A Cricket Australia report on Wednesday said Dottin, who came off worse after the clash, had avoided serious injury to her eyes and mouth, but may need titanium plates to help repair some of the damage to her face.
Dottin, who was discharged from hospital late on Tuesday, will consult Dr John Arvier, the Brisbane Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, later this week to figure out the course ahead.
“I am ok now after a very painful head clash today with my team mate,” wrote Dottin on her Facebook page. “I went to hospital for scans which have now revealed that I have multiple fractures of my cheek bone. Eye socket and eyesight is fine, jaw and teeth fine.
“I am out of hospital now recovering before a specialist appointment with a face surgeon Thursday. At this stage it is believed I will require titanium plates to fix the issues. All is going to be fine!”
Harris, the batter who was making her first appearance for Heat this season after returning from a broken finger, received treatment on the field and didn’t need to be hospitalised even though she took no further part in the game, and has reportedly been recovering well.
The Dottin-Harris clash came a day after Holly Ferling, Heat’s Australian international pacer, was ruled out of the Heat v Stars match due to a concussion sustained during a match between the same two sides on Boxing Day. Ferling hit her head heavily on the ground while trying to take a catch on the boundary. She finished the match but was ruled out of Tuesday’s game.