A wicket-keeper needs to have sharp reflexes, especially when he is standing close to the wicket. With spinner on the attack, New Zealand’s Ben Horne exhibited tremendous reflex skills during a domestic game.
Representing Auckland in the ongoing Plunket Shield tournament – a domestic first-class cricket championship of New Zealand – Horne took an absolute stunner to dismiss Logan van Beek during the match played between Auckland Aces and Wellington Firebirds.
It all happened in the 120th over of Wellington’s first innings, when left-arm spinner Louis Delport bowled a straight delivery to Beek. In response, the right-handed batsman took charge and stepped on to the pitch to whack the ball towards the deep mid-wicket region, however, it ended up carrying a fast outside edge.
It looked like the ball would go straight into the hands of the fielder standing at first slip, but Horne had some other plans. The 26-year-old wicket-keeper stuck his glove as the ball crossed him to complete an unbelievable catch.
Here’s the video:
DAY THREE | We are underway at Colin Maiden Park and Louis Delport and Ben Horne combine to snaffle Logan van Beek.
— Auckland Cricket (@aucklandcricket) March 11, 2020
Wellington went on to post 360 in reply to Auckland’s 179-10 in their first innings.
At the end of third day’s play, Auckland have managed to score 151-8 in their second innings, and they are trailing by 30 runs.
When it comes to the point table, then Wellington is at the top with 65 points, followed by Auckland with 52.