This fan sent the crowd into raptures following his stunning one hand catch that was worth $50,000!.

Fan wins $50,000NZ for incredible one-handed catch at Eden Park

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It was all going off at Eden Park in Auckland when New Zealand faced Australia in the Twenty20 Internationals.

Martin Guptill took a century from 49 balls, surpassing his fomer captain Brendon McCullum, who achieved the same from 50 balls; Guptill also passed McCullum's career record of 2,140 runs to put his name in the New Zealand record book.

Mark Chapman had a freak wicket taken from him after his helmet was knocked off and displaced the bail, and there were 33 sixes in the match to keep the crowd entertained.

In short, it was a breathtaking encounter.

Despite a narrow defeat for New Zealand, which saw Australia enter top spot in the T20 International record books with 245 runs for five wickets, it was one of the fans who stole the spotlight on the day.

There was $50,000NZ on the table for any fan who could take a one-handed catch off a ball played into the crowd. The man, named Mitchell Grimstone, wearing an orange vest took the cleanest of catches off Ross Taylor during the penultimate ball of the New Zealand innings, which had missed every Australian fielder on the pitch.

He leant over the advertising boards and outstretched his left arm just in time to collect the white ball.

Watch the incredible catch in the video below.

Not half bad, eh?

To his great shock, he held the ball aloft for his friends, who mobbed him, and the crowd went completely wild with excitement for the man.

Eighteen sixes had been played into the crowd, but any attempts prior to this catch had been fumbled, missed, or caught with two hands.

Martin Guptill took time in his interview to congratulate the fan, saying it was, "a hell of a catch, that."

All in all, this is why people love sport. What an incredible moment.

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