London: A village cricketer kept on batting despite a heart attack because he stood to make his first half-century of the season, media reported on Friday.

Unfortunately, Jim Young was still on 48 when he ran out of partners. An ambulance then took him to hospital in Harlow, Essex, and later to a specialist unit at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London where he had surgery, The Daily Telegraph said.

Now back home in Westmill, Hertfordshire, the 57-year-old Young admitted on Thursday: "I think I was a bit of an idiot really. I should have stopped straight away because it could have finished me off there and then."

The electrician was playing for his village against a Bishop's Stortford side when he felt crushing pains in the chest.

He was on 32 as he dropped to his knees and announced that he suspected he was having an angina attack. PTI

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