The history of the iconic game of cricket is filled with breathtaking fielding efforts which turned the face of the game and the ongoing edition of New Zealand’s domestic T20 tournament saw a similar episode. In the final between Wellington Firebirds and Auckland Aces, it was the skipper of the latter whose awe-inspiring fielding effort was applauded across the cricketing globe.
On one of the full length deliveries of pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, opening batsman Devon Conway struck a powerful shot only to be halted by Craig Cachopa’s spectacular fielding effort. He dived to his left and completed a one-handed catch to pick a key wicket of Wellington as Conway was on the verge of his half-century.
However, Auckland didn’t have the last laugh as they lost the game by 27 runs to lose the final of the T20 championship. Earlier, Wellington batted first after being invited to do so and mustered 168 runs. Auckland, despite Martin Guptill’s half-century, failed to chase the total.