Black Caps fan wins $50,000 with Catch-a-Million screamer

One lucky Black Caps fan has won $50,000 after catching a six one handed in the third One Day International between New Zealand in Pakistan.

In just the first over of the match, batsman Martin Guptill hit a six, picking the ball up off his pad to send it into the crowd.

The ball sailed over the rope, and perfectly into the hand of fan Craig Dougherty, taking part in the "Catch-a-Million" contest, earning himself a cool $50,000 for his troubles.

Tui Catch-a-Million winner Craig celebrates his catch attempt of the six of Blackcaps batsman Martin Guptill
Tui Catch-a-Million winner Craig celebrates his catch attempt of the six of Blackcaps batsman Martin Guptill Source: Photosport

"It hasn't really sunk in yet, I still can't believe I caught it, but it's awesome that I did catch it," he told Sky afterwards.

The contest applies to those in the designated catch zones, wearing the sponsor's t-shirt and lanyard, who can take a clean one handed catch during the Black Caps' limited overs matches.



Watch: David Warner celebrates like it's a Test after reaching ton in club match

David Warner's time away from cricket doesn't appear to have taught the disgraced Australian opener any humility, bringing out an over the top celebration in a Sydney club match.

Warner and former captain Steve Smith both made their Australian returns yesterday, following their involvement in a ball tampering scandal earlier this year.

Striding to the wicket, Warner belted 155 not out for Randwick-Petersham,  although it was his celebration at reaching three figures that gave an insight into his temperament.

The opener produced his Test match celebration, running before jumping and punching the air in delight, before acknowledging the crowd.

Onlookers were left somewhat perplexed, amused by the fact a player of Warner's ability felt it necessary to celebrate against amateur club players.

The banned opener made 155 not out on his return to the pitch. Source: ABC Australia


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David Warner smashes 155 in return to Sydney club cricket, Steve Smith also in the runs

David Warner has hit an unbeaten century and Steve Smith scored 85 as Australian cricket's banned former leaders prospered on day one of the Sydney grade season.

Former captain Smith also took 1-29 off five overs and two catches for Sutherland in his first cricket match in Australia since being banned for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.

Former vice-captain David Warner, who was also slapped with a year-long ban for his involvement in the incident, scored 155 not out off 152 balls for Randwick- Petersham.

The presence of Australia's two most prolific Test batsmen generated big crowds at both venues.

About 1000 turned up at Glenn McGrath Oval, including the legendary former quick the ground is named after.

Several hundred were present at Coogee Oval, where canteen sales were so brisk that club officials had to bring in more beer.

Warner struck 13 fours and a couple of sixes in a perfectly paced innings as his team reached their target of 278 off the final ball.

He faced an attack including two Test bowlers in Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland, with the former taking 1-30 off eight overs in his first game after a back injury.

"(Warner) played really well. He's very good in those situations ... a pretty special knock," said Hazlewood, who expects to return to NSW duty in the one-day cup on October 1.

Asked if he exchanged any banter with Warner, Hazlewood said "it was pretty quiet. He was just going about his business and knuckled right down and got the result, which is what he was after."

Like Smith, Warner won't be eligible to play international cricket again until early next year.

"He's obviously a very good player. It''s about putting in place a culture that can fit him back in and hopefully he plays his best cricket when he does come back," Hazlewood said.

"It's still a long way away. He's got some batters in there that he has to push out that are doing well so we'll see when the time comes."

Smith was dropped early in his 92-ball innings but tallied six fours and a six. Like Warner, he top-scored for his club.

"He batted nicely. You could see he was very much in the zone," said Smith's former international teammate Shane Watson.

"He was always going to come out and do well. He's obviously got plenty of desire inside him."

Smith and Warner, who didn't speak to the media after their matches, were greeted with warm applause when going out to bat.

"The support that he has got today will just reassure (Smith) that everything is OK," said Watson, who couldn't play alongside Smith due to injury.

"People do make mistakes and then people do forgive and certainly forgive very quickly."

Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith at the end of the match. New Zealand Black Caps v Australia, Chappell Hadlee Trophy Match 3. ANZ ODI Cricket Series. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Monday 8 February 2016. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Australian players David Warner and Steve Smith. Source: Photosport


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Spinners galore as White Ferns name side for T20 series against Australia

New Zealand will take a spin-heavy bowling attack into their three-match women's Twenty20 series against Australia.

Five players are proven international slow bowlers and should get plenty of overs during the series starting at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

Coach Haidee Tiffen has based selection on her belief slow bowling will be important at the women's World T20 in the West Indies in November.

One of the spin group is new skipper Amy Satterthwaite.

The allrounder takes over from Suzie Bates, who surprisingly relinquished the captaincy last week.

Bates is the most potent batting force in the New Zealand team and is ranked second in the world in the shortest format, just ahead of Australian pair Meg Lanning and Beth Mooney.

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Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Watkin.

New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr. International womens cricket, White Ferns v Australia, Blake Park, Tauranga, New Zealand. Sunday, 5 March, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
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'You can always capitalise at the end' - Colin Munro reflects on record-breaking CPL season

Colin Munro has revealed the mindset he's maintained in a record-breaking campaign for the Trinbago Knight Riders which he capped off with a man-of-the-match performance today.

Along with winning the final against the Guyana Amazon Warriors today, the left-hander was also named in the tournament team and became the first batsman in tournament history to break the 500 run mark in a single CPL season.

Munro finished with 567 runs from 13 innings at an average of 51.54 while generating a strike rate of 140.

He finished 110 runs clear of the second best run producer - fellow Black Cap Glenn Phillips - by 110 runs.

The 31-year-old said after the match he's had a constant approach to the tournament which helped him generate the record numbers.

"On these surfaces you can't just go from ball one as I've done in the past.

"I just tried to get myself under way before I took too many risks, get myself set for 20-30 balls and you can always capitalise at the end."

Munro finished the CPL in Hollywood fashion, knocking the game-winning runs for Trinbago to backward point before getting swamped by his teammates.

He even took a moment to stand and appreciate the standing ovation from fans at Brian Lara Stadium who attended the final.

"There's a few more supporters out here for me than there is back home I reckon," he said.

Munro was selected in Black Caps' T20 and ODI squads to face Pakistan in the United Atab Emirates in November before a full summer at home.


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