Man makes $100k catch at Hamilton ODI
It was Michael Morton's six-pack, as well as his outstanding hand-eye co-ordination, that made him $100,000 richer today.
The Hamilton 28-year-old grabbed a spectacular one-handed catch at Seddon Park in the early stages of the one-day cricket international between New Zealand and the West Indies to win the big prize in the Tui Catch A Million competition.
To be eligible, crowd members had to take a catch off a six with one hand while wearing an orange Tui T-shirt and a match lanyard during the one-day series.
The T-shirts cost $30, but Morton got his for less.
"I went to the bottle store and bought a six-pack of Tui and I got a free one," he said.
"It's the best-tasting Tui I'm going to have tonight."
The sports retailer reckoned he had not warmed up well for his right-handed snare when Windies opener Kieran Powell hit a ball from Black Caps quick Mitchell McClenaghan over wide long-on and on to the grass bank adorned by hundreds of orange-clad fans.
"It wasn't the best start to the day," Morton said. "I dropped a few things in the supermarket, but I'm pretty happy now."
He did not "over-think" the catch, but just reacted when the ball flew over the picket fence.
"He smashed it pretty hard, so it was going pretty quick," Morton said.
"My dad was sitting next to me and he yelled out, 'Michael'. I stood up and then I though it was going to drop down in front of me,but it sailed straight into my hand.
"They're pretty short boundaries, so I knew it was going to go pretty fast.
"If it was a skier, plenty of people would have had a chance to get underneath it, but it was pretty flat, so no-one really had any reaction time."
Morton said he had not played cricket "for a few years" and would take some time, along with wife Nicola, to decide what to spend the money on.
"I've had a few cards dropped into my pocket already, but we'll have to wait and see," he said.