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West Indies tour of New Zealand 2013-14: Spectator takes one-handed catch to win surprise NZD 100,000

Michael Morton (centre, with arms raised) sitting on the grass banks took a one-handed blinder during the fourth ODI between New Zealand and West Indies Picture Courtesy: NZAUTV Cricket's Youtube Video
Michael Morton (centre, with arms raised) sitting on the grass banks took a one-handed blinder during the fourth ODI between New Zealand and West Indies Picture Courtesy: NZAUTV Cricket’s Youtube Video

Jan 8, 2014

A cricket spectator, during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and West Indies, made himself richer by NZD 100,000 (USD 83,000) when he held on to a one-handed catch in Hamilton.

The catch occurred in the sixth over of the West Indies innings.

Kieran Powell, of West Indies, absolutely hammered a length ball from Mitchell McClenaghan.

The powerful shot sailed wide of long-on towards the spectator Michael Morton who was sitting on the grass banks.

While other spectators around him ducked for cover, Morton stuck his right hand out. He had still not finished standing up when the ball thudded into his palm.

Beer maker Tui had announced a reward for NZD 100,000 for any spectator taking a one-handed catch in the series.

Morton, who was at the game with his father, said that he has played a bit of cricket himself.

“It’s a bit unbelievable, man. A bit weird to honest,” The New Zealand Herald reported him as saying.

“I was stoked that I caught the catch. It would have been a very long afternoon if I dropped it,” he added.

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