A BRITISH cricketer has died after being struck on the chest by a ball during a local league match.

Bavalan Pathmanathan, 24, was batting for Manipay Parish Sports Club in the British Tamil League on Sunday at Long Ditton recreation grounds in Surrey.

An air ambulance was called but he later passed away from his injuries.

A spokesman from South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "We were called to Windmill Lane, Long Ditton, to reports that a man in his 20s had been injured by a cricket ball striking his chest. We sent an ambulance and two cars to the scene along with an ambulance from the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance also.

"The man was treated at the scene and then taken into Kingston Hospital in a life-threatening condition."

It is believed Bavalan subsequently passed away due to heart failure.

A statement from Manipay Parish SC said: "Our cricketer Bavalan Pathmanathan is no longer with us. He was hit by the ball on his chest while batting. Our club was totally shocked by his death at this young age."

In November, Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.