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Sam Harper Update

Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers wicketkeeper Sam Harper sustained a blow to the head during the second day of the Sheffield Shield fixture between South Australia and Victoria at Adelaide Oval.

The incident occurred just before the lunch break when Harper was accidentally struck by Redbacks batsman Jake Lehmann’s bat follow-through.

Harper was wearing a helmet at the time while keeping up close to spin bowler Jon Holland.

He was examined at Adelaide Oval by medical staff before being transferred to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Harper underwent scans this afternoon which have not identified any bleeding or bone damage, but he will remain in hospital overnight for observation.

Under the Sheffield Shield playing conditions, replacement players are not permitted. In the event that a player is replaced, the match risks forfeiting First Class status.

Harper has been ruled out of the remainder of the match and Victorian Seb Gotch will travel to Adelaide to act as a substitute fielder.