Winning cricket catch nets New Zealand man thousands

By admin
02 February 2014

A New Zealand cricket fan got much more than value for money at a recent one-day match between the Kiwis and West Indies in Hamilton, New Zealand.

One cricket fan sure got lucky the day he decided to go to a live match. The New Zealander went to watch a recent one-day match between the Kiwis and West Indies in Hamilton, New Zealand, and walked away nearly R100 000 richer.

Michael Morton, a 28-year-old Hamilton sports products dealer, won about R900 000 after making a one-handed catch. The prize was part of the Tui Catch a Million competition in which a New Zealand beer brand challenged cricket fans to make a single-handed catch. To qualify for the prize you also had to wear an orange Tui T-shirt.

The T-shirts cost about R260, but Michael’s was a freebie that he got with a Tui six-pack. “This evening I’ll have the best Tui ever,” he quipped.

Michael, who was at the match with his dad, made his prize-winning catch early on in the day when West Indian batsman Kieran Powell hit a massive six.

“It would have been a long afternoon if I’d dropped the ball,” Michael said. He apparently didn’t even practise before making the incredible catch and joked he’d dropped items in the supermarket that morning.

Even the Black Caps were impressed with Michael’s feat and congratulated him on Twitter. They tweeted a picture of Michael, adding: “This is a (NZ) $100 000 catch! It can be done. Congrats Michael Morton @tuibeer just made you rich.”

Watch him catch the ball:

- Shané Barnard

Sources: nzherald.co.nz, nzcity.co.nz, smh.com.au

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