Sprinting into place, Wellington’s Logan van Beek threw his physique towards the ball and caught out a hopeful hand.
It had been struck cleanly off the bat of the Northern Knights’ No 7 Brett Hampton, and the probabilities of van Beek claiming the catch had been slim.
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Nevertheless it was a type of days for the Wellington Firebirds of their T20 conflict. Van Beek, fielding on the boundary at cow nook, ran full pelt, threw his hand out, and the ball caught, leaving commentators, followers and the fielder in disbelief.
“I simply in some way pulled it off. I’m unsure the way it occurred, nevertheless it occurred,” van Beek stated.
“My tactic is, as soon as I see it, I simply put my head down and run as quick as I can, then it’s nearly giving it an opportunity … you simply need to go for it.”
Former Black Cap Craig Cumming known as the catch “pretty much as good as you will notice”, whereas a number of, together with Canterbury’s most notable sports activities broadcaster Elliott Smith, drew comparisons to Mayu Pasupati’s well-known catch on the similar floor 21 years in the past.
One other surprised TV commentator added: “What’s going on on the market?
“Unbelievable catch, Logan van Beek. I don’t suppose he can consider that himself.
Wellington’s 80-run Tremendous Smash win noticed almost every thing go to plan. Positive, they misplaced the toss and had been despatched into bat by the visiting Knights aspect, however that was about the one space of the sport they misplaced.
Wellington acquired off to a dream begin with the bat as opening batsmen Finn Allen and Devon Conway took to the assault. Allen, enjoying the dominant function on the crease, made it look comparatively simple to keep up a excessive run-rate — needing simply 24 deliveries to deliver up his 50.
Allen and Conway introduced up their 100-run partnership within the ninth over, and added an additional 17 runs earlier than Allen was bowled by Hampton on 79.
The guests did properly to stem the move of runs after breaking apart the opening partnership, with solely Allen, Conway (45) and Tom Blundell (22) scoring greater than 20 as Wellington had been pegged again barely, to 7/185 from their 20 overs.
Whereas they might have preferred to publish a better complete after such a powerful begin, they’d their tails up instantly of their defence when Hamish Bennett cleaned up Katene Clarke with a slower ball that tailed into off stump with simply the second ball of the innings.
This text first appeared on the NZ Herald and was reproduced with permission