Black Caps’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man pock­ets catch in Zim’s A rout

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BLACK Caps’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man Willy Ni­cholls has made quite the cameo in Zim­babwe.

Ni­cholls, the older brother of New Zealand bats­man Henry Ni­cholls, made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance in the fi­nal ses­sion of day three as a sub­sti­tute fielder in the 259run thump­ing of Zim­babwe A in Harare on Sun­day.

He made an im­me­di­ate im­pact tak­ing a catch at mid on, off spin­ner Ish Sodhi’s bowl­ing, to dis­miss Zim­babwe A num­ber nine bats­man Tapiwa Mu­fudza for three.

Ni­cholls is New Zealand Cricket’s dig­i­tal and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­ec­u­tive and is trav­el­ling through Africa with the team.

The Christchurch na­tive is no cricket dud. He has played at se­nior level for the Di­a­mond Har­bour-Kaituna club in the Ellesmere com­pe­ti­tion in Can­ter­bury.

Ni­cholls was happy to pocket the catch, given his baggy at­tire.

“They were the brother’s pants. Looked like sky­div­ing pants,” he told TV One.

New Zealand thumped Zim­babwe A in the three­day warm-up match.

It was a mem­o­rable out­ing for the Ni­cholls fam­ily with Henry hit­ting 52 re­tired in the first in­nings.

Ni­cholls is not the first mem­ber of the me­dia to get on the park for the na­tional team.

Back in 1988, TVNZ jour­nal­ist Ken Ni­chol­son had to take the field for New Zealand in a test against In­dia in Ban­ga­lore.

He and former New Zealand cap­tain Jeremy Coney, who had been re­tired for 18 months and was com­men­tat­ing on the game, fielded for the side af­ter a num­ber of play­ers were side­lined by a vi­o­lent stom­ach bug.

Ra­dio com­men­ta­tor Bryan Wad­dle was also ready to take the field, if re­quired.

Ni­chol­son, a first class crick­eter in ear­lier times for Otago, was warmly ap­plauded by the crowd ev­ery time he fielded the ball.

New Zealand take on Zim­babwe in the first of two tests, be­gin­ning in Bu­l­awayo on Thurs­day. — Stuff —

Black Caps’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions man Willy Ni­cholls took a catch against Zim­babwe A in Harare On­line

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