Cricket fan takes a $50,000 catch in New Zealand v Australia T20 match

Cricket fan takes a $50,000 catch in New Zealand v Australia T20 match
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A highly lucky cricket fan took an impressive one-handed NZD 50,000 catch in the stands of New Zealand vs Australia’s tri-series T20 clash at the Eden Park on Friday. The NZD 50,000 reward was a part of the Tui Catch a Million promotion, which roughly amounts to INR 24 lakh.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor smashed Australia bowler Andrew Tye’s delivery for a huge six – the second last ball of New Zealand’s innings – over the square-leg boundary. The ball which went straight into the audiences, was caught by an Auckland student, Mitch Grimstone, who grabbed a low left-handed catch during New Zealand’s innings in the T20 match of the tri-series against Australia.

The rare catch rewarded Mitch Grimstone with a huge amount of NZD 50,000, as New Zealand matched their highest-ever T20 score (243 runs), in the Tri-series clash against Australia. The amount was rewarded to Mitch Grimstone as a part of Tui Catch a Million competition.

What is Tui Catch a Million competition?

The Tui catch-taking competition is an opportunity for cricket fans to earn huge amounts of money, while impressing the viewers with their catching skills. For the competition to be active at a stadium, there are dedicated “catch zones” created at venues, in which Tui Catch-A-Million contestants will have to be located in order to qualify for the prize. Catches taken by contestants outside these “catch zones” are deemed ineligible.

However, the “catch zone” requirement was nullified for Westpac Stadium, and the Eden Park, where Mitch Grimstone became the lucky cricket fan to get a hold of the ball in the stands, earning himself NZD 50,000.

Mitch Grimstone, who became the lucky one in New Zealand’s Tri-series T20 clash against Australia on Friday (16 Feb), is the second winner in the Tui Catch a Million promotion, with the first catch winner being announced in last month’s ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dunedin.

The $50,000 catch taker becomes social media sensation

Mitch Grimstone, who was the lucky cricket fan to take perhaps the most sought-after catch in the ongoing tri-series, became an instant hit on social media. As reported by NZ Herald, Grimstone told the media after receiving his NZD 50,000 cheque,

“Pretty surreal – it all happened real fast, all the boys were all over me, I just stuck the hand out and it stuck.”

Sports Journalist with Radio Sports NZ, Alex Chapman, wrote about the feat and posted on his Twitter, “Bloke will probably spend that (money) all by the end of the night. Hell of a catch though

The official Twitter page of the Black Caps also mentioned the illustrious feat, which had stirred the whole crowd at the Eden Park.












Martin Guptill (105), the top-scorer in New Zealand’s innings who hit nine sixes to help the Black Caps set up a record T20 score of 243/6, also congratulated the $50,000 catch taker Mitch Grimstone’s effort in a post-innings interview.


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