Fletcher: “It will be good to catch up with the Bears and say thanks”

Notts Outlaws fast bowler Luke Fletcher is looking forward to catching up with the Bears tonight – to “just say thanks for what they did” after he suffered a serious injury during the Outlaws NatWest T20 Blast game at Edgbaston on July 8.

The big paceman was injured when a full-blooded straight drive from Sam Hain struck him flush on the head, seconds after he had delivered the ball.

Thankfully, Fletcher is recuperating well. And despite having been ruled out of action for the rest of the season, on medical advice, he is looking forward to being at the rematch tomorrow and catching up with one or two in the Bears’ camp.

“My emotions will be just the same as normal,” Fletcher revealed. “It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was just that it happened against the Bears and I really want to thank a few people that were there on the night. Their doctor was amazing and the support from their physio was top drawer, so it would be nice to see them and just say thanks for what they did.

“Sam Hain sent me a message the day after, when I was in hospital, just to see how things were and to show his concern and make sure I was alright, so that was nice – as did a few of the other Bears players as well. So it will be good to catch up with them all and have a chat and say thanks.”

After taking some quiet time off, Fletcher has recently been offering some insight into the game with some local radio commentary stints but he can’t wait for the time that he is given the clearance to resume his playing career, even if it is in the indoor nets at Trent Bridge.

“I’ve got another visit to see the surgeon next week to see what’s happening going forward,” he explained. “I need to know what I can do and what I can’t do, during my rehab and leading into the next few months and then into the winter so it will be good to see what the surgeon says.

“I feel absolutely fine now, I had a couple of groggy days straight after the event but apart from that everything has been ok and I’ve been looked after really well by James Pipe, the Notts physio. He’s been checking up on me regularly. I’ve been told to just take time off for the rest of the season, chill out a little bit and let things settle back to normal.”