Lewes Priory vice chairman: our club is so grateful to heroic actions of Bexhill pair Jamie and Hamish, who saved the life of young cricketer David Tungate

LEWES Priory Cricket Club vice chairman Michael Murray this week thanked the two Bexhill players for their swift and heroic actions which saved the life of young Priory player David Tungate.

Seventeen-year-old batting prospect David stopped breathing when he was struck by the ball during the 1st XI’s match with Bexhill (see front page of our Lewes and Uckfield editions for full story). The impact of the ball triggered a heart arrhythmia causing David to collapse.

And it was only the quick actions of Jamie Bristow-Diamond, 18, and Hamish Russell, that saved his life, said Mr Murray, who was playing in the Sussex Cricket League Division Two match. Speaking to our sister paper the Bexhill Observer Sport, he said: “I don’t think any award would be too great for those two guys, especially for Jamie. For someone of those tender years to step forward in that situation took a lot of courage.”

“It was absolutely fantastic,” continued Murray. “Without the two of them I think we would be talking about a tragedy or at the very least lasting damage. Without their quick thinking, and precise thoughts and actions, it would’ve been a different scenario.”

David, who was making his first XI debut, is now recovering in hospital.