He got the catch, but missed the cash

Unlucky punter ill-suited to win $100k

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 13:25 16/01/2014

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Ollie Newton's suit cost him $100,000 after he made a spectacular one-handed catch at last night's cricket match, but wasn't in the right gear to claim the prize.

The Tui "Catch a Million" promotion has been running since Boxing Day, and fans wearing both a Tui cricket tshirt and a Tui lanyard are eligible for the $100,000 prize if they take a clean, one-handed catch of a six.

Newton, 25, went to last night's 20/20 against the West Indies in Wellington straight from work in his suit.

"We had talked about getting tshirts on the walk there, but when we got there they had all sold out.

"We were sitting so far back- about eight rows from the top - that I never expected [a six] to come our way."

But a monstrous pull shot from Jesse Ryder off the last ball of the second over saw the ball head high into the stands, coming down on Newton who was holding chips in one hand - and then the ball in the other.

A casual reach saw the clean, one-handed catch the competition required, but Newton's attire made him ineligible for the prize.

"But if we had been wearing tshirts we probably would have been further down in among the crowd anyway," he said.

After the agonising prize-that-wasn't, Newton posted on Facebook he was taking donations to ease the pain.

"I didn't actually get to see much of the next five or so overs because my phone was going nuts with people texting and calling and Facebooking me about it.

"There's been a lot of banter directed my way today.

"I'm trying not to think about what could have been too much, otherwise you'd get a bit down on it."

Other sixes hit into the crowd last night were fumbled by fans wearing orange tshirts - including one man from Newton's cricket club in Wellington who was foiled by a man in a black singlet.

Newton said he "might have to" invest in one of the Tui tshirts now, but added "if Tui wanted to send one my way that would be much appreciated."

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