Fans and commentators were left in hysterics on Saturday when two spectators combined for a spectacular crowd catch during the BBL clash between Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes.
Batting for the Heat on Saturday afternoon, Sam Heazlett hit a monster six onto the hill that had fans scrambling to take a catch.
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One such fan launched himself over the top of fellow spectators to try and reel in a spectacular grab, but only managed to parry the ball up into the air.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 1, 2022
Another unsuspecting fan then took the most nonchalant one-handed catch to complete the team effort, sending commentators into raptures.
Adam Gilchrist initially thought the first spectator had completed the catch, calling it “the catch of the year in the crowd”.
Attention then turned to the carnage he'd caused after launching himself into the air and landing on fellow spectators.
“Poor old buddy to the left has copped a knee to the back of the head,” Gilchrist said.
“He’s not happy! This is sensational. This is Big Bash cricket at its best.”
Mike Hussey added: “This is why there should be a hill at every ground.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was also impressed and struggled to contain his amazement.
This is classic
— Dom (@domdotcomdotau) January 1, 2022
He better have bought the guy some chips. He just walked away like nothing happened.
— Hass Ejaz (@kliqster) January 1, 2022
what a catch 😄
— Mahafuz (@itsmahafuz) January 1, 2022
what a ripper no catch-catch in the crowd! you love to see it! #BBL11
— amy (@FLORALSKYMGC) January 1, 2022
Xavier Bartlett leads Brisbane Heat to victory
Xavier Bartlett bounced back from final-over heartache to help the Heat to a confidence-boosting 14-run win over the Hurricanes.
Bartlett took a career-best 4-30 from four overs after the Heat earlier posted 8-150 on the back of some late lusty hitting from all-rounder James Bazley.
Bazley top-scored in tricky Bellerive Oval conditions with an unbeaten 44 from 27 deliveries at No.8.
Bartlett struck two big blows early in the Hobart chase, getting rid of inform opener Ben McDermott (0) and skipper Matthew Wade (one) in the second over.
He returned for the power surge in the 14th over to remove Tim David (seven) and D'Arcy Short, who departed off a top edge for a sluggish 27 from 38 balls.
Bartlett had bowled the final over in Brisbane's two-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers on Wednesday, conceding a single off the last delivery in a game they should have won.
"To finally win one of those close ones, the boys should just be proud of themselves," Heat skipper Chris Lynn told Fox Cricket.
"You can go two ways about it. You can dwell on it but we actually turned the page quite quickly after that Sydney loss. We've learned from it and we saw the benefits of it.
"You're going to go through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout a game. It's just about holding your temper ... sticking to your plan.
"We do all this planning away from the game, sometimes we get in the heat of the battle and you tend to go away from it."
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