New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown January 1, 2014

Butter-fingered spectators

Plays of the day for the third ODI between New Zealand and West Indies at Queenstown

The drop
Not by a fielder, but from one of several spectators wearing orange t-shirts looking to make $100,000 for catching the ball one-handed. Brendon McCullum slashed a short and wide ball over backward point and the sweeper near the boundary had given up. But one of the spectators gave it everything, willing to risk injury by throwing himself over the boundary hoarding. The acrobatics didn't pay off as the ball comfortably evaded him, the momentum on the fall taking him inside the boundary. He wasn't alone in his struggle though, as the spectators had a tough time getting their hands on the 25 sixes that came their way.

The six
Corey Anderson sent 14 of them soaring over the rope, but the most significant was the slog that took him from 95 to 101. Anderson was within touching distance of Shahid Afridi's world record for the fastest ODI century off 37 balls. He was on 95 off 35 when he took strike to Nikita Miller and there were no two ways about it - he had to slam it for six. Miller bowled it short and Anderson slammed it over long leg.

The catch
There may have been several let-offs at the grass embankment, but within the boundary, Lendl Simmons set a good example. McCullum had raced to 33 when he gave Sunil Narine the charge but ended up miscuing it to the deep on the on side. The ball swirled between long-on and deep midwicket with Johnson Charles and Simmons converging. A false move would have led to a messy collision but Simmons was not only alert but managed to judge the steepler well, catching it on the fall.

The swat
The bowlers varied their pace and lengths to Anderson, but to no avail. Dwayne Bravo dished out a slower ball in the 20th over, but it came out horribly wrong. The ball looped out of the back of the hand and reached Anderson as if in slow motion. Anderson waited, as if wielding an axe and swatted a flat six over wide long-off. It was one of the more audacious shots of the day.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular at the start before the rain came the ground was full- only because of the rain there was not as many people. And besides - $43NZD per ticket is very expensive!

  • David on January 1, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Those spectators need to give themselves an upper cut. With so many sixes hit not one was held...... I can only put it down to the rain delay and the crowd drinking a few to many beers to kill the time until the start of play. It's the only acceptable excuse. AS Rj_Kiwi said - no chairs to dodge, not many people to step over etc.... poor effort but great to see such a good knock from a young up and comer but even more pleasing to see big Jesse back in the fold. Building a very strong unit for 2015!

  • robel on January 1, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Amazing exhibition of power hitting. For people who do not know - Spectators had to catch the ball one handed. I guess it would have been difficult.

  • Chris on January 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Barely a 1000 people at the ground. No surprises of course since its in New Zealand.

  • Hitesh on January 1, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    now the spectators will know how difficult it is to catch the ball:)

  • alesana on January 1, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Funny watching those guys risking injury going for the $100,000. With 25 sixes hit in the match you would've thought someone would get it. Just an awesome exhibition of power hitting.

  • Rj on January 1, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Seriously, on a scale out of 10, how useless were this crowd? Well they were a zero. There were so many chances in to a smallish crowd with no seating, (ie free roaming!), it was a prime opportunity and it was completely missed by tools.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Just love the cricinfo style of writing !! (y)

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Almost worth buying a ticket to fly to NZ to catch a prize like that!

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