Sixth grade cricketer's outrageous act sparks fan frenzy

Andrew Reid
·2-min read
Pictured here, Queensland sixth grade cricketer Derek Heilbronn takes an absolute screamer of a catch in slips.
Sixth grade cricketer Derek Heilbronn channelled Aussie Test great Mark Waugh with a moment of magic in the slips. Pic: Qld Cricket

A Queensland cricketer has become a viral sensation after taking an extraordinary catch in a sixth grade semi-final in Brisbane.

Derek Heilbronn was fielding in the slips during the all-Valley District Cricket Club semi-final in Ashgrove over the weekend.

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Little did he know, his fielding exploits were set to make him an internet sensation.

Batsman Darcy Lewis must have thought he'd hit a boundary when he slashed at a delivery from spinner Joshua Durkin well outside the off-stump.

Lewis had amassed just 15 runs off 101 balls at the time, but was sent packing after an instinctive catch from Heilbronn in the slips.

The batsman lashed hard at the delivery from Durkin but Heilbronn showed reflexes of a steel trap to snatch the ball out of the air.

Moment of magic leaves viewers in awe

Heilbronn casually threw the ball up in the air before nonchalantly trotting back towards the pavilion as if nothing had happened.

The fielder's reaction was in stark contrast to the shocked laughter from his teammates at the scarcely believable piece of fielding.

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The clip has been viewed more than 70,000 times on Facebook, with Heilbronn labelled a "legend" for his catching masterclass.

The My Cricket site labelled the amazing moment as 'the sixth grade equivalent of Shane Warne and Mark Taylor' - in reference to the iconic Aussie Test duo who combined for many memorable Test wickets in the slip cordon.

Despite Heilbronn's heroics, it wasn't enough to prevent his side going down by five wickets to their club rivals.

Valley District Cricket Club is set to face Redlands in the final later this month.

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