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Rising cricket star hurt in motorway crash

Chris Tipper
Image caption Chris Tipper also plays for Merseyside team Northern

A promising cricket player is critically ill in hospital after he was injured in a crash on the way to a match for his Lancashire team.

Chris Tipper, 20, was rescued by two passing motorists after his car collided with another vehicle on the M42 in Worcestershire on Sunday.

The Lancashire County Cricket Club second XI batsman is in intensive care, with his relatives by his bedside.

"Our thoughts are with him and his family," a club spokesman said.

Mr Tipper, who had been signed on a 12-month scholarship programme, was beginning to build a reputation as a skilful batsman.

Chief executive of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Jim Cumbes, said: "Our coaches spoke very highly of Chris, who we had recently signed.

"We are all hoping he pulls through and makes a full recovery."

He suffered serious head and chest injuries in the accident and was taken by ambulance to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

'Good Samaritans'

The female driver, 39, of the other car suffered chest injuries in the accident and is also being treated in hospital. Her condition is not believed to be as serious.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "The occupants of the cars had been assisted by a couple who witnessed the crash and stopped to help.

"Both patients had been helped out of their vehicles by the good Samaritans and were on the hard shoulder of the motorway when ambulance crews arrived.

"The couple who assisted were believed to be in their late 20s."

The sportsman, from Hyde in Greater Manchester, had been playing for his local team, Northern in Merseyside that day.

After the match he was travelling to Worcestershire to join his team mates for Monday's match at Ombersley Cricket Club Ground.

Warwickshire Police appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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