CLOSE CALL for Andrew Hall - Andrew has narrowly escaped death in Australia in a freak accident. Andrew Hall, 30, was hit in the head by a stone which shot "like a bullet" from the rotating blades of a lawn mower and through the open passenger window of the car in which he was travelling. The impact split his forehead just an inch above his right eye, and he was rushed to hospital.Doctors told Andrew, from Stockport, that the stray rock could easily have killed or blinded him. The lawnmower was being used by a council worker by the side of a main road.Andrew, who is captain of the Cheshire county cricket team, said he thought he had been shot by a bullet, and spoke of his relief that he had escaped serious injury. "I am just so happy to be alive," he said. "When they saw the state I was in, they rushed me through. I was in the hospital for about two hours. The lump on my head swelled up like a big egg."Andrew was given 10 stitches, and was left with severe headaches as a result of the injury. He was in the passenger seat of a car travelling at 50mph on a road through Geelong last Friday when the accident happened.

Blood - Rohan Merry, who was driving the car, said he heard his friend yell in pain and turned to his side to see blood pouring from Andrew's head.Rohan said: "We were just driving along and then his head seemed to explode. There was blood everywhere. I thought he had been shot. If the stone had hit him in the temple he would be dead, a few centimetres down and he would be blind.'' Rohan said a simple guard on the lawn mower could have prevented the accident."The fact that this could happen is an absolute disgrace," he added."I hate to think what could happen to a small child in the same situation." Andrew, who lives in Marple, is in Australia for a four-month working holiday. He is playing cricket part-time for the Thomson cricket team in Victoria, and is due to return to England next month.During the summer he plays for Bramhall in the Murray Smith Cheshire County League as well as captaining the Cheshire county side. Article by Neil Goulding