Zim fan makes lucrative World Cup catch

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CHRISTCHURCH — With a beer in one hand Zimbabwe fan Travis Committee leapt over ducking fans to catch the second stray ball of the Cricket World Cup, winning his share of a possible $1 million.

The 23-year-old Auckland resident tipped his years of experience playing cricket and good instinct as his ticket to the bounty at yesterday’s game at Seddon Park.

“We had been sitting on the bank the whole game and five overs previous someone hit a ball about five or 10m away from us, so since then I got ready,” he said.

“I had a strong feeling one would come over our way.

“When it made its way into the crowd I started running, stuck my hand out and jumped over a few people and next minute the ball was in my hand.”

Committie is a personal trainer and said he’d been playing cricket since he could walk.

If the Black Caps exit the World Cup in the pool stages, Committie will win a share of $250 000. The amount increases through to the quarter and semi-finals. If the Black Caps win the tournament, Committie will split a share of $1 million with other successful catchers.

Currently he shares the $250 000 bounty with Christchurch resident Sunjay Ganda who caught a ball at the Black Caps’ clash with Sri Lanka yesterday. Although he was full of pride for Zimbabwe, Committie said he now had a new motive to back New Zealand.

— Agencies