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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2006, 16:45 GMT
Benson recovers after heart scare
Mark Benson
Mark Benson pictured shortly before he left the field on Thursday
English Test umpire Mark Benson is recovering in his hotel after suffering heart palpitations and being admitted to hospital in Durban on Thursday.

Shortly after play began on the third day of the second Test between South Africa and India at Kingsmead he was taken ill and replaced by Ian Howells.

Cricket South Africa spokesman Gordon Templeton said Benson, 48, had been discharged from hospital on Friday.

"He is doing well but is still receiving treatment," he said.

Benson, who played in one Test for England, was appointed to the International Cricket Council's elite panel in April 2006. He was standing in his 12th Test match.

He left the field in the fourth over on day three of the second Test and at one stage was admitted into intensive care.



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