Sweet crowd catch bro, shame about the suit

AIMEE GULLIVER
Last updated 13:47 16/01/2014
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UNLUCKY: Ollie Newton, right, pictured with a friend at last night's T20 clash between New Zealand and the West Indies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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Ollie Newton's suit cost him $100,000.

That's because he made a spectacular one-handed catch at last night's New Zealand-West Indies cricket match in Wellington last night, 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 T-shirt and associated 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 Twenty20 match straight from work, wearing his suit.

"We had talked about getting T-shirts on the walk there, but when we got there they had all sold out," he said.

"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 T-shirts 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 that 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 T-shirts - 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 T-shirts now, but added "if Tui wanted to send one my way that would be much appreciated".

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