The third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the University Oval, Dunedin, turned out to be an exciting event for the Black Caps and a cricket fan who was enjoying the live match. The Kiwis defeated Pakistan by a massive 183 runs and won the series. During the match, a man in the crowd took a stunning one-handed catch and became $50,000 richer.
A beer-making company named Tui has been promoting one-handed catch by the spectators across different cricket venues in New Zealand since 2015 ICC World Cup. The rules are pretty simple. The spectators have to don company’s orange coloured T-shirt. Whenever a batsman hits the ball into the crowd for a six, the spectator has to grab it by one hand to win a cash prize.
And the same incident happened during third New Zealand vs Pakistan ODI in Dunedin. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. After facing 4 dot balls in the very first over, Kiwi opener Martin Guptill hit Mohammad Amir for a huge six over the deep mid-wicket area. The ball crossed the boundary while a spectator, donning the Tui T-shirt, grabbed the ball with one hand. Guptill and Collin Munro were amused to see that catch and applauded his efforts.
Here’s the video:
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The man has been identified as Craig Dougherty who is a local builder. As soon as he took the catch, he earned $50,000 while the Black Caps took to their official Twitter account to share his picture.
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As reported by stuff.co.nz, Dougherty couldn’t believe on what he did. He said,
“When I saw it coming, I thought ‘there’s no way that’s going to carry, that’s not going to carry, that’s not going to carry.’ That’s probably why I looked so casual, and then just stuck the hand out and it stuck. I still can’t believe I caught it, but it’s awesome that I did catch it.”
It has also been learned that this is not the first time that Dougherty took a one-handed catch at this venue. During the World Cup 2015 match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, he did it for the first time. He is an all-rounder who plays third-grade club cricket in Dunedin.