Tui’s ‘Catch A Million’ back
Chaos around the boundaries of New Zealand’s finest cricketing grounds is set to return with the revival of Tui’s Catch A Million promotion.
The brewery has announced the competition is back after a twoyear break since the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
It involves fans, over the age of
18, wearing a gaudy orange Tui T-shirt trying to make a clean, onehanded catch of sixes hit during Black Caps’ one-day and T20 matches this summer.
The first fan to do so at a game will win $50,000, meaning a total prize pool of $1,150,000 across the
23 limited-overs matches against the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and England this summer, although that much will be given out only if a one-handed catch is taken at every game as the prizemoney does not rollover if a catch is not taken at a game.
Given the success the brewery had with the promotion in both
2014 and 2015, Tui brand manager Jonathan Rea was understandably excited to be bringing it back.
‘‘Tui Catch a Million is back to add another element to the on-field action this summer.
‘‘Over the coming months, the world’s best players will be taking aim at the boundary rope, which is why once again we’re offering cold-hard cash to fans who are able to snag a six one-handed.’’
The prizemoney is half of what was on offer in the past, with the winners in 2015 grabbing $100,000 each. A total of $950,000 has been won by nine catchers in the promotion’s history.
The first chance for people to win will be at the Black Caps’ ODI against the West Indies at Cobham Oval in Whangarei on December
20. Wellington first-class cricketer Ollie Newton famously let a chance at $100,000 slip him by in
2014 when making a one-handed grab at Westpac Stadium while wearing a business suit instead of the promotional T-shirt.
James Carter drops the chance of a big payday in the Tui Catch a Million competition in Nelson two seasons ago. He now gets another chance.