New Zealand fan pockets $50k by taking catch during Pakistan ODI

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Kane Willamson was not the only person with a golden arm during the latest ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dunedin's University Oval on Saturday.

The Kiwi captain may have clutched a rocket at midwicket with a stunning leap but the headlines were seized by a 34-year-old cricket fan, who caught not only the ball but also pocketed a cool $50k for his efforts.

Beer company Tui runs a popular Catch-A-Million competition where crowd members wearing an orange Tui branded shirt can win 50k if they can pull off a one-handed catch from any six hit by during the match in the designated areas.

Cricket fan Craig Dougherty, a builder from Dunedin was the first recipient of the cash prize of 2018 as a mighty blow from Martin Guptill in the opening over of the match sailed over the fence into his outstretched right hand.

As you can see in the video below, he immediately launched into ecstatic celebrations as the realisation of his windfall dawned on him.

Dougherty who had just arrived at the stadium shortly after buying a Tui shirt ten minutes before play started was overjoyed as he revealed that he had barely sat down when he saw the ball sailing towards him,

"I had no time to think about it, I just stuck my arm out."

It was a clean catch without any grappling from fellow fans. "It was literally just me with my arm out, the guys next to me had their hands in their pockets."

Dougherty could barely concentrate on the rest of the game as he was inundated with messages from friends who had seen his triumphant catch on TV.

New Zealand v Pakistan - 3rd ODI

He didn't miss much, however, as the game fizzled out into a one-sided mismatch due to Pakistan's inept batting display. As the match meandered to an easy 183-run Black Caps win interest was focused on what the builder would do with his new found riches.

Beers all round in his local cricket club he promised, Tui beers naturally.

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