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Shamilia Connell discharged from hospital after getting all-clear

"She is in good spirits and thankful for all the well wishes," CWI says in a statement

Shamilia Connell bowled just three overs against Bangladesh  •   CWI Media Photo/Adriel Richard

Shamilia Connell bowled just three overs against Bangladesh  •   CWI Media Photo/Adriel Richard

Shamilia Connell, the West Indies quick who collapsed during the game against Bangladesh on Friday and had to be taken to hospital, has been discharged by medical authorities after her "tests returned clear results", a Cricket West Indies statement said on Saturday.
"She was discharged the same evening (Friday)," CWI said. "She is now resting comfortably, under the care and supervision of the CWI Medical Team. She is in good spirits and thankful for all the well wishes."
Connell, who was fielding at midwicket, collapsed on the field in the 47th over of Bangladesh's chase. Team-mates and medical professionals were by her side immediately, and she was taken to hospital in an ambulance soon after. In a positive sign, she managed to get up and get into the ambulance with a bit of support. The exact nature of her illness wasn't clear.
At that point, the match was on a knife's edge with Bangladesh's last-wicket pair trying to eke out the 13 they needed off 19 balls. Play resumed not long after the incident, and Stafanie Taylor sealed a final-over win for her team by picking up the last wicket.
"It was sad to see her go down," Taylor said of Connell at the post-match presentation ceremony. "But we need to look at the bright side - it was time for us to regroup, we came back and changed the momentum."
Connell bowled three wicketless overs in the match, which West Indies won by four runs to jump to third on the points table. Hayley Matthews, Taylor, Afy Fletcher and Shemaine Campbelle played leading roles in the win.
West Indies next play Pakistan on Monday, and there is no confirmation yet as to whether Connell will be fit for that game, or whether she will play a part in the remainder of the tournament.