Reece: Health scare brought us to­gether

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Charlie Peat

SCOR­ING 97 against your for­mer side and round­ing off with a new deal may ap­pear the per­fect de­but cam­paign but for Luis Reece it was far from plain sail­ing.

The Der­byshire all-rounder suf­fered a vi­ral-in­duced heart scare whilst run­ning in to bowl against Northamp­ton­shire in June, some­thing which left him hos­pi­talised and out of ac­tion for the best part of a month.

Thank­fully no per­ma­nent dam­age was done but Reece, 27, said: “It was a bit con­cern­ing. My dad, Phil, had just had a heart at­tack so I think that was go­ing through my mind and made it more of a con­cern. Thank­fully both me and my dad have made a full re­cov­ery.

“It was a bit of a weird thing to be hon­est. I was very short of breath and a bit faint run­ning into bowl. It wasn’t some­thing I ex­pected to be that se­ri­ous.

“When I came off the field I thought I was com­ing back on even­tu­ally but I was rushed to hos­pi­tal and there for three days.

“It was only a cou­ple of weeks out and I man­aged to get back in the team shortly af­ter.”

Reece also praised the en­tire Der­byshire play­ing and coach­ing staff for their sup­port and be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence helped bring him closer to his team­mates.

He said: “It has been up and down a bit. Up on the field and a few downs off the pitch.

“I think the lads at Derby have shown great sup­port to me dur­ing that time, as has my part­ner and my fam­ily. I think Derby has a very fam­ily ori­en­tated at­mos­phere.

“It’s weird how these down things can bring peo­ple closer to­gether and the group helped in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. It showed to me how great these lads are and would go the ex­tra mile to help their team­mates.”

The for­mer Lan­cashire left­hander was able to redis­cover his form at the end of the sum­mer and not only fin­ished the cam­paign by sign­ing a new deal but has been auc­tioned to play for the Chit­tagong Vikings in Novem­ber’s Bangladesh Premier League.

And the for­mer Lan­cashire man ad­mits he was ini­tially taken aback by the news but is look­ing for­ward to link­ing up with the likes of Liam Daw­son, Luke Ronchi and Mis­bah-ul-Haq for the T20 com­pe­ti­tion.

“My agent put my name into the auc­tion and he’d been speak­ing to a few peo­ple out there. But I wasn’t ex­pect­ing any­thing,” Reece said.

“When I got the call af­ter the auc­tion had taken place and I had been picked up it was some­thing I was sur­prised and ex­cited about. It’s some­thing I’ve been look­ing for­ward to and will try and get ev­ery­thing I can out of it.

“I’ve never been to Bangladesh be­fore. I’ve heard some in­ter­est­ing sto­ries but it’s go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m sure it will be a lovely part of the world and it’s nice to get in­volved in dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to im­prov­ing on han­dling spin out there. Hope­fully that can help take Derby to the next level, too.”

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