James Ihaka

James Ihaka is a Herald reporter based in Hamilton.

Tui doubles cricket catch prize-money

Cricket fans now have two chances to grab a $100,000 one-handed catch with Tui upping the ante at the final match of the Black Caps series. Photo / Christine Cornege.
Cricket fans now have two chances to grab a $100,000 one-handed catch with Tui upping the ante at the final match of the Black Caps series. Photo / Christine Cornege.

There'll be double the prize money on offer tomorrow night for taking a one-handed catch at the cricket.

The final match of the Black Caps series in Wellington will see fans given two chances to grab a $100,000 one-handed catch.

Until now, there could be only one catch per match.

The beer company said giving fans two chances at the last match of the ODI series was a way to celebrate New Zealand's series victory over the world champions India.

William Papesch, Tui Marketing Manager, said the Tui Catch a Million promotion had been a revelation for not only cricket fans but the game itself over the summer.

"We've already seen two spectacular catches worthy of the $100,000 prize, and ideally we'd like to see a couple more,'' he said.

"Tomorrow's game in Wellington is the last match in the summer series and we've decided to give the crowd another shot at catching a $100,000.

We're hope this additional prize entices a few more to attend the game.''

James Wear, GM Commercial and Marketing at New Zealand Cricket says: "The Tui `Catch a Million' promotion has definitely added an additional element of excitement to cricket over the summer.''

"We've seen fans embrace the promotion, and there's even been a couple of lucky kiwis catch a six and walk away with the $100,000 cash prize, which is fantastic. The Tui Brewery is now looking to invigorate the promotion, taking things up a notch with an additional $100,000 on offer for the final fixture. This is sure to ignite more interest in the final game of the ANZ ODI series.''

Fans must catch a six one-handed during the match while wearing an orange Tui cricket t-shirt and match day lanyard that are limited and given out for free at the entry gates.

Two people have managed the feat this summer with Michael Morton and Jatinder Singh both collecting $100,000 each for their one-handed takes at different matches at Seddon Park.

- NZ Herald

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