‘Ca­sual’ catch snares builder sweet $50k

Sunday News - - NEWS - ROBERT VAN ROYEN

O’Con­nor – and Dun­ham have been close friends and Dun­ham ap­pears to have deleted an In­sta­gram photo posted around the June re­lease Melo­drama which said ‘‘Ella [Lorde] and Jack worked on most of this al­bum to­gether in our apart­ment and it was a priv­i­lege to watch her cre­ate and feed her lit­tle snacks.’’

As well as work­ing with Lorde, 33-year-old Antonoff has also helped prop­duce mu­sic with Tay­lor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Pink and has two Gram­mies as front­man for the band Fun.

De­spite hav­ing been can­did that her world­wide hit sin­gle Green Light was writ­ten about a re­cent re­la­tion­ship breakup, Lorde has let lit­tle slip about her love life singe break­ing up with Kiwi boyfriend James Lowe at the end of 2015. THE Black Caps’ vic­tory over a woe­ful Pak­istan might have in­cluded 10 catches dur­ing the day’s play at Dunedin’s Univer­sity Oval – but none was as cost-ef­fec­tive as that taken in the crowd by lo­cal builder Craig Dougherty.

While the con­test wasn’t the close­fought one-day in­ter­na­tional many had pre­dicted – lucky punter Dougherty would have been happy that the Black Caps bat­ted first and blasted out of the traps with bighit­ting Martin Gup­till smash­ing a six off the fifth ball of the day.

The 34-year-old swooped on to the max­i­mum and took the one­handed catch cleanly to score the sum­mer’s first $50,000 wind­fall from Tui’s pro­mo­tion.

‘‘My [Al­bion-Kilda club cricket] team­mates were giv­ing me s... be­cause I dropped an ab­so­lute sit­ter on the boundary with two hands the other week be­fore Christ­mas,’’ Dougherty said af­ter hold­ing the catch.

‘‘It hasn’t re­ally sunk in yet, I still can’t be­lieve I caught it, but it’s awe­some that I did catch it.’’

Dougherty only qual­i­fied to take the money af­ter leav­ing it un­til just be­fore play started to buy the T-shirt that al­lows crowd mem­bers to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion – and he’d barely sat down when Gup­till flicked Pak­istan bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir over mid-wicket in the first over.

‘‘I just got a hell of a shock when it was com­ing my way,’’ Dougherty said.

‘‘When I saw it com­ing, I thought ‘there’s no way that’s go­ing to carry, that’s not go­ing to carry, that’s not go­ing to carry.’ That’s prob­a­bly why I looked so ca­sual, and then just stuck the hand out and it

That’s prob­a­bly why I looked so ca­sual, and then just stuck the hand out and it stuck.’

stuck.’’

Dunedin’s Univer­sity Oval was also the venue for a one-handed catch dur­ing the 2015 World Cup, when lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist Jamie Gough held on to a six dur­ing the match be­tween Sri Lanka and Afghanistan – and, for those in­ter­ested in a three-peat, both catches were taken on the west side of the ground.

Dougherty, a third grade club all-rounder, hasn’t got far with his plans for the win­nings.

‘‘I’ll prob­a­bly shout the boys a few beers to­day from the cricket team. They’ve all been hit­ting me up as I’ve been walk­ing around the boundary.’’

Jack Antonoff and Lorde have been mak­ing mu­sic to­gether for years but the ru­mour mill has gone into over­drive since Antonoff split from longterm girl­friend Lena Dun­ham, left, in De­cem­ber.

Craig Dougherty cel­e­brates his $50,000 wind­fall af­ter tak­ing a one­handed crowd catch in Dunedin yes­ter­day.

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