Jasper Vinall (c.1590 – 10 September 1624) was the first cricketer known to have died as a result of an incident during a game. He was accidentally struck on the forehead with a cricket bat during a game at Horsted Keynes on 28 August 1624 and died thirteen days later.
|Full name||Jasper Vinall|
|Died||10 September 1624 (aged 33–34)|
West Hoathly, Sussex, England
Source: T. J. McCann, 20 June 2008
The fatality occurred after Vinall, a fielder, was struck on the head by the batsman who was trying to hit the ball a second time to avoid being caught. Vinall is the earliest recorded cricketing fatality. The matter was recorded in a coroner’s court, which returned a verdict of misadventure.
- McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society. pp.xxxiii–xxxiv.
- McCann, pp. xxxix–xl.