Batting mishap knocks Mortlake skipper out of SWC final

MORTLAKE skipper Todd Lamont is unlikely to take any further part in South West Cricket’s rain-affected division one grand final after suffering a serious eye injury while batting on Saturday.

Lamont, who was not wearing a helmet, top-edged an attempted pull shot into his head off Pomborneit quick Coby Dudman at the start of the 36th over before the match was called off because of rain.

He was taken to Camperdown hospital but transferred to Geelong where he had eight stitches inserted in a wound. Lamont yesterday revealed doctors had found three marks on his cornea and a blood clot on the eyeball.

Lamont, who has no vision in his right eye, is confined to bed rest for two days.

“It looks like I’ve gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson,” Lamont said yesterday.

“I’ve got about 10 per cent vision of that eye. They think it should heal up over time. The vision is all blurry because of the damage to the cornea.”

He said he had to consult a specialist on Friday but the advice was that he had to keep still over the next week to avoid the clot bursting.

Lamont said it was unlikely he would play when the match resumes on Saturday, despite retiring hurt on 63.

“I didn’t realise how much damage I’d done. I was pretty pissed off. I was middling the ball really well and I didn’t want to go to the hospital. 

“I just wanted to wait until I got my vision back and go back and bat but there was blood everywhere.”

Lamont had rescued his side with his customary lusty hitting after the Cats slumped to 3-29 after 11 overs. He and Josh Barr (19) shared a 51-run stand for the fourth wicket before Barr was out and then combined with Clinton Baker to take the score to 4-124 until he retired hurt.

The Cats skipper said his side was increasing the run rate when he miscued. At 5-144 with 46 balls remaining in the innings, play was washed out.

“It’s evenly poised,” Lamont said.

“If we can get to 200 that is probably par. Runs on the board in finals are pretty important. Our bowlers are going to have to bowl well.”

Complicating Mortlake’s equation when play resumes is Ian Mahncke is unavailable, potentially leaving the side with 10 players. 

Pomborneit captain David Murphy, who was wicket-keeping when Lamont was hit, said no one wanted to see one of the competition’s best players out of action.

“These things happen but you don’t like to see it,” he said.

“Everyone at Pombo wishes him all the best. It’s a shame because you love to play against guys like Todd.”

Murphy said his side’s ability to peg back the run rate late before the rain could be important when play resumes.

“I reckon the game is pretty well balanced, it could go either way. Clinton Baker is still out there batting and he was starting to look good, anything could happen.”

Murphy said if the wicket was the same on Saturday, his side would be confident of doing well with the bat.

“If we are chasing 200 or a bit less, I’d be confident but it’s going to be very, very hard.”

He said leaving the ground on Saturday without a winner was unexpected.

“It’s a bit of a hollow feeling, it means we’ve got another week to think about things.”

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