Catch A Million: New Zealand competition criticised as fans battle to catch sixes


Critics have pointed to children being in danger as fans look to make their lucrative catch

New Zealand Cricket hopes to ease concerns about fans endangering each other as they attempt to catch balls in order to win large sums of money.

The governing body and a brewery sponsor are offering $50,000 (£26,300) to any fan who catches a six one-handed while wearing a promotional T-shirt.

All-rounder Jimmy Neesham said fans were “cannonballing into families with small children” trying to make a catch.

NZC says it is now discussing “potential solutions” with the brewery.

A statement given to BBC Sport read: “NZC and Tui Brewery have met to discuss potential solutions on how to improve the fan participation and ultimately safety during the matches

“We [are] working through the logistics of these, and as soon as there are more details we will share them with you.”

Neesham, who has made 68 appearances for New Zealand across all three formats and played for Kent last summer, tweeted his concerns during the Black Caps’ Twenty20 international win over West Indies on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old wrote: