Nick Compton's heroics evoke memories of Denis Compton
Nick Compton leaves the field after being hit on the helmet © Getty Images

Middlesex batsman Nick Compton returned to the crease after being hit on the helmet by a Jamie Overton’s half-volley, which he tried to duck on the first day of a First-Class match against Somerset at Northwood. Trivia: When Compton batted with Dexter

Nick, who was batting on 18, during the 19th over, tried to duck Overton’s delivery after hitting him for a four. The ball came and hit him on the helmet. He immediately went off, only to turn in the 83rd over. He scored 32 before getting trapped leg before by Lewis Gregory. READ: Phillip Hughes remembered by his friend Nick Compton

Nick wrote on Twitter, “Thanks for that guys! Bit of a painful shake up but probably served me right for ducking into a half volley. Well bowled Jamie (sic).” Nick Compton: Virat Kohli in time could be best among all

“Wasn’t expecting too many in my half but glad to see it coming out well big guy @JamieOverton I owe you one mate. #bloodysore(sic).” Nick Compton: Hard-working batsman who comes from rich cricketing lineage

Nick’s heroic reminded us of his grandfather, Denis Compton‘s similar incident during The Ashes 1948 third Test. Denis Compton: The knight in shining armour of English cricket

Denis was hit on the forehead when a Ray Lindwall bouncer edged of the batsman’s bat and directly hit him. Denis was led off the field with a cut head. However, Denis returned to the field with England staggering at 119 for the loss of 5 wickets.  With a 75-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Godfrey Evans and 121-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Alec Bedser, which is the third best partnership for the eighth wicket by England pairs against Australia, Denis pushed England’s score to 363 in the first innings. He remained unbeaten on 145.

While Denis’s match ended in a draw, with him scoring a duck in the second Test, it will be interesting to see how much does Nick scores in the second innings of the Middlesex’s First-Class match against Somerset.