'It still doesn't feel real' - Catch-a-Million winner bought his shirt minutes before catch

With one swing of Martin Guptill's bat, Craig Dougherty's life changed forever.

As the Black Caps opener's flick off his hip into the University Oval crowd landed firmly in Dougherty's right hand, the 34-year old builder picked up a cool $50,000 for his trouble - becoming the summer's first Catch-a-Million competition winner.

Nearly 24 hours later, Dougherty is still coming to terms with how a casual day at the cricket turned into the biggest payday of his life so far.

"It's pretty bloody crazy," he told 1 NEWS.

"I took it, and then started jumping up and down.

"I threw a few high fives to my mates, turned round to the skipper of my cricket team and gave him a big hug."

"I sat down and thought 'what the hell's just happened?' It still doesn't feel real."

The Albion club cricketer revealed that he nearly missed out on the chance at the prize altogether, unable to procure a competition shirt until the very last minute.

"I didn't have a Tui t-shirt! Online you couldn't get them straight away. I was sitting there thinking 'oh bugger I've missed out'.

"I found out there were Tui t-shirts for sale, so I quickly ran down there, got back, sat on my seat - next thing I knew it was flying straight at me."

Now $50,000 better off, Dougherty got to meet the batsman responsible for his financial windfall after the match.

"I met up with Martin (Guptill) afterwards.

"He said he sort of chipped it, I said that's good because if you'd middled it, it'd have gone straight through my hand!"

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

When asked how he was planning on spending his $50,000 winnings, Dougherty admitted he was clueless about what he'd do.

"I haven't really decided yet - no real plans. Maybe a new kitchen for the wife?"

With yesterday's catch the first of the year, Dougherty's effort will serve as inspiration to other cricket fans heading along to see the Black Caps in action this summer.

When asked about whether he had any advice for punters hoping to have the same luck as he did, the response was simple.

"Just relax. I didn't think about it too much when it was coming at me."



'It's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved' - Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is putting her team first, handing over the reins as captain to teammate Amy Satterthwaite as her side prepares for the women's World Twenty 20 in November.

The 31-year-old made the announcement in Lincoln this afternoon at a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.

Bates said it was tough telling her teammates before the press conference.

Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty

"It was difficult telling the team before, it's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved," said Bates, who was in charge for six years.

"It has been a long stint and probably the last 12 months I have struggled with dealing with the captaincy and playing.

"And perhaps the performances as a group haven't gone as well as I would have liked."

Bates believes not having the responsibility as captain will help her focus more on her own game.

"Now that the decision has been made, it makes sense for my own game to be able to concentrate on that at the end of my career," she said.

"And put as much into performing as well as I can without the captaincy."

Bates has played 115 one day internationals and 101 T20 internationals, debuting for New Zealand in 2006.

She has also scored 7000 runs for New Zealand.

The veteran cricketer told media today, "I've struggled with the captaincy and playing". Source: 1 NEWS


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Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain ahead of World Twenty20

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has confirmed today that she will step down as captain as the women's national cricket side prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament in November.

Bates made the announcement in a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre this afternoon in Lincoln.

The 31-year-old steps down after six years in charge of the White Ferns team, she will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite as the New Zealand skipper.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.


Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty


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England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


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