Ellyse Perry has done her best to make sure a young boy injured in the crowd at the Women’s Big Bash League on Saturday is recovering well – proving herself, once again, to be the talented, compassionate sportswoman we all know and love.
The young boy copped a cricket ball to the face after Perry hit it for six, as the Sydney Sixers played the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval.
Immediately, Perry threw down her bat and ran to the fence to see if he was okay. His parents, as well as paramedics, were quick to respond and the boy was taken to hospital.
“It’s never nice to see someone get hit in the head particularly with a cricket ball, I was really concerned because it hit him pretty hard,” Perry said, the ABC reports.
“I just caught sight of it when it landed, hit the concrete and kick up and hit him in the face. It’s coming pretty hard and it’s a hard ball so I think your immediate reaction is to see if he’s okay.”
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But that wasn’t all. The 27-year-old cricketer also made sure to call the boy’s family on Saturday night to check on his progress.
“I really hope he’s okay,” she told journalists, Seven News reports. “He seemed like a real tough cookie.”
The boy left the hospital on Saturday afternoon and is recovering at home, Fox Sports reports.
The reaction to Perry’s concern on social media has been overwhelmingly positive.
Elysse Perry. Top Sportsperson. Take a bow. Just superb.
— Nigel Barrett (@NigelBarrett6) November 11, 2017
Elysse Perry is quite simply a God who walks amongst us.#WomensAshes
— You Retweeted (@kristiankar) November 11, 2017