Perry concern for injured boy in the crowd
ELLYSE Perry said her immediate reaction was to check on the boy who was hit in the face by one of her sixes at North Sydney Oval on Saturday night.
Sydney Sixers star Perry rushed to the boundary after she saw the ball hit the boy, gesturing for help.
The boy was treated at the scene by medical staff before he was taken to hospital for observation.
The boy was sitting on the grass several rows back from the fence watching the Sixers innings in their WBBL match against the Melbourne Stars when he was struck by the ball.
"It's never nice to see someone get hit in the head, particularly with a cricket ball," Perry said.
"I was really concerned because it hit him pretty hard. I really hope he's OK.
"He seemed like a real tough cookie and his parents and all the medical staff were around him looking after him, but obviously it's never nice to see.
"I just caught sight of it sort of land and hit the concrete and kick up at him and hit him straight in the face.
"Your immediate reaction is to just go and make sure he's ok."
A witness said the boy walked to a waiting stretcher before he was taken to hospital.
" Paramedics were called who assessed him and made the decision to transport him to hospital for further observation," a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.
Spectator Brad McGuiness was standing near the boy and said the ball ricocheted off a bench seat and into the boy's face.
"He started screaming," McGuiness said.
"He had glasses on, I think it hit him just below the glasses.
"My mate said go and catch it but they ( a group of kids) were all there so I let it go and then they all parted ... it just got big and it hit the back of the chair and just went straight across it and hit him in the nose I think.
"It was a solid hit.. it hit the chair and instead of taking the heat off it went quicker.