Aussie cricketer Matthew Wade has provided another stunning highlight in a period of career-best form after taking a freakish catch in the Sheffield Shield.
Wade turned a spurned catch into a moment of magic during Tasmania’s match against New South Wales at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
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Tigers quick Jackson Bird tempted Daniel Hughes into playing at a delivery outside off stump, which the Blues opening batsman edged to the slips.
The ball came flying to Alex Doolan at second slip but it squirmed through the batsman’s fingers as he moved across Wade at first slip.
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However, some lightning reflexes from Wade salvaged the situation and spared his teammates blushes.
Reacting to the dropped catch in an instant – Wade dived to his left to take an extraordinary one-handed grab.
The superb catch had Wade’s teammates and commentators equally as excited.
“What a catch that was at first slip,” one commentator exclaimed.
“Well call Matthew Wade Superman,” another added.
“Doolan should have got that one but just the reflexes of the wicketkeeper who is now at first slip… I call him Superman and there’s a good reason why. Matthew Wade does it all!”
Wade came into the contest with the Blues off the back of another incredible century, albeit in a losing effort against Western Australia.
Tasmania won the toss against the Blues and elected to bowl, with the visitors almost reaching 100-runs without loss of a wicket, before Wade’s moment of brilliance removed Hughes for 61 runs.
Needing a win to be certain of a spot in next week’s season decider, the Blues made it to tea on 4-171.
After putting on 99 for the first wicket thanks to Hughes and Nick Larkin (67 runs), NSW had reached 1-127 before a potentially costly half-hour.
The Blues lost 3-33 as Tasmania finally found form with the ball after electing to send the visitors in to bat.
Acting captain Kurtis Patterson went for 14 and Moises Henriques for 10, both to the bowling of returning paceman Simon Milenko (2-14).
The Tigers are out of contention for the Shield finals, with NSW hoping to consolidate second spot on the ladder.