College pupil’s catch in a million

2015-11-21 10:17
Maritzburg College pupil Jean de Wet takes a one-handed catch in the crowd during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge match between the Dolphins and Titans at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday in Durban.

Maritzburg College pupil Jean de Wet takes a one-handed catch in the crowd during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge match between the Dolphins and Titans at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday in Durban. (Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Maritzburg College matric pupil, who took a one-handed catch at a Dolphin’s game says he was sending a text message when he spotted the ball heading his way.

Jean de Wet (18) is the third person to win his share of the R1 million in the Ram Slam’s “Catch a million” competition during a cricket match between the Dolphins and the Titans on Wednesday.

The money will be split among all those who successfully complete a clean one-handed catch at any televised Ram Slam T20 Challenge match across the country.

De Wet said: “On our way to the match me and my friends were talking about the catch. That if we do catch it we will share the money among ourselves.

“I wasn’t expecting it to come directly at me, but I put my phone in my pocket, stuck my hand out and there it was in my hands.”

He said he was unsure what to do at first.

“I stood there for a few seconds looking at the ball. Excitement and joy suddenly took over. I couldn’t believe it actually happened,” he said.

De Wet is an all-rounder in the KwaZulu-Natal Inland U19 Coke Week team.

“I am planning on continuing playing cricket because next year I will study sport science at Stellenbosch University and join their cricket team,” he said.

De Wet is planning on investing all his money.

“My parents were really excited. My dad was watching it on television. He saw the commotion and had to rewind just to make sure he wasn’t seeing things,” he said.

After the match De Wet had interviews and filled out some forms.

As well as getting his share of the R1 million, he also wins two tickets to the competition’s final.

“On our way back home we couldn’t stop talking about it; we still could not believe it,” he said.

“I haven’t bought anything with the money. I didn’t even get my girlfriend anything, but she will be my ‘plus one’ to the finals,” he said with a smile.

• Nosipho.Nxasane@witness.co.za

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