Sunday, January 7, 2018


in designating 'catcher zones' for the one dayers and 20/20 matches for the orange army determined to perform gymnastic miracles in pursuit of the $50,000 prize for a one handed clean catch from a six.

There was/is potential for serious injury to both the catcher and those caught up in the scrum.    Small children and the elderly are particularly at risk in what might be described as a 'free fire zone' where anything goes.

At least with designated catcher zones those choosing to sit there do so in the knowledge there is an element of risk to their person.    Not sure NZ Cricket can do much more apart from canning the initiative and that would be a pity.   Some of the gyrations are spectacular.


Noel said...

Wise maybe but bloody slow.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... it fascinates me your ability to see the negative in many things.

pdm said...

Noel - why troll a sporting post - unable to help yourself I guess.

Noel said...

Not alone.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to NZC and DB for making a sensible compromise to allow the competition to continue. The Tui promotion added a huge degree of excitement to the contest when it was first introduced (Catch a million), and is I think one of those brilliant marketing schemes with a win-win-win outcome. Sadly (and maybe predictably) some contestants were unable to balance their rights and responsibilities with some common sense, so some changes needed to be made - not least in case the promoters fell foul of our draconian cotton wool/bubble wrap H&S laws.

If the changes made so far work - that is great, but they may have to increase the size of the catching zones if people start to complain they are being excluded too much, considering they pay to enter.

Another restriction they could include if things are still seen as being too dangerous, is to add that you need to be either sitting or have both feet on the ground when the catch is made, to be counted.

Good on you NZC and DB for going forward. I like your commitment to having some fun.