Ex-Cricketer Saves Umpire's Life At Formby.CC Match You are here: Home » News Detail
3rd July 2012
Formby Cricket Club
An ex-Formby.CC cricketer saved the life of an umpire who suffered a heart attack during a Liverpool & District 2nd XI Premier Division fixture.
In a match between Formby 2nd team and New Brighton 2nd team at Formby’s Cricket Path ground, match umpire Ray Heap suffered the severe heart attack with just one ball remaining to bowl in the contest.
Dr Jude Mahadanaarachchi, who was attending a function at the tennis club next door, rushed to calls for help from the ground and performed cardiopulmonary respiration on the New Brighton umpire.
Many were fearing the worst at the time, but thanks to the quick thinking of Dr Mahadanaarachchi , and both sets of players, Heap was taken to Southport Hospital, before making a good recovery at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool.
Dr Mahadanaarachchi, 37, is principal GP at Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children’s centre and used to play cricket for Formby, Sefton Park.CC and Huyton.CC
The match was immediately abandoned as a draw.
A Formby player spoke about Dr Mahadanaarachchi’s heroics on the Liverpool & District League website: “"Jude should be nominated for some sort of award, he definitely saved Ray's life."