Tui’s ‘Catch A Mil­lion’ back

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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.

PHOTO: STUFF

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.

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