England debut for man who lost his fingers

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A cricketer who lost part of his hand when working as a groundsman has bounced back to make his England debut at the age of 64 on a tour of Barbados.

Alan Smith, who lives in Shenley Brooke End, was cutting the outfield last May when he had an accident with his equipment at Bletchley CC, slicing two-and-a-half fingers off.

After the retired postman was airlifted to hospital surgeons managed to re-attach one-and-a-half of his digits.

And nine months later Mr Smith made his comeback games - as part of the England over-60 side’s first-ever tour of Barbados.

He said: “It was a terrifying moment. I’m left-handed and it was my left hand that lost the fingers,so I didn’t know if I’d play again.

“But I did some training, and I was able to play again, even if I did have to change my technique.

“I’d never played for England at any level, but the games were advertised and I signed up to play four or five games in Barbados.”