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Daniel Hughes suffers blow to neck

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New South Wales batsman Daniel Hughes has survived a similar blow to the neck to the one that killed Phillip Hughes in November.

Daniel Hughes was batting in a grade cricket game in Sydney on Saturday when he tried to hook a bouncer from bowler Cameron Nupier and was struck to the back of his neck, underneath the helmet.

"His neck was swelling up and we thought 'oh God'," Northern Districts club president Mike Langford told the Sunday Telegraph.

Hughes was taken to hospital for tests and CT scans but was cleared of any major damage and released from hospital.

A former junior team-mate of Phillip Hughes, Daniel Hughes has played for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield this summer and has been a regular in the Sydney Thunder BBL line-up. His girlfriend, TV reporter Erin Molan, said Hughes a huge lump on the side of his head.

"I got a call saying he's been hit in the head with a ball, he's collapsed and there's an ambulance on the way, you've got to get here," Molan told the newspaper. "I don't think I've ever been so scared in my life."

"He's got the lump on the side of his head the size of a cricket ball, its horrendous. It's unbelievable and given their same surname it's quite terrifying. Daniel played a lot of cricket growing up with Phil through the juniors. We're all just glad he's okay."