Umpire dies after being hit by a ball

JERUSALEM - An umpire and former captain of Israel's national cricket team died on Saturday after being hit by a ball.

The Israel Cricket Association (ICA) said Hillel Oscar died after being hit by a ball struck by a batsman.

The incident happened just two days after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes due to a freak head injury.

Oscar, 55, was officiating in a match in the southern port city of Ashdod.

ICA chief Naor Gudker said the game was the last in the national league season.

"We're simply in shock," he said from the hospital where Oscar was pronounced dead. "He was an international umpire. He officiated in European championships, he officiated in games in Israel: his future was ahead of him," Gudker said.

"He was a player for the national Israeli team and he was captain of the national team."

Australian Hughes died of a severe head injury caused when he was hit by a by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott during a match in Sydney.