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Watch: New Zealanders effect one of the all-time great boundary relay catches in Super Smash T20

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Blake Coburn and Mitchell Hay combined to complete a sensational boundary relay catch in a Super Smash T20 clash between Canterbury and Central Districts.

Ben Smith was the unlucky batter, falling for 22 opening the batting. He pulled a short ball from leg-spinner Todd Astle high and far towards the leg-side boundary, but not quite far enough.

Coburn, sprinting across, dived full length to grab hold of the ball, only to realise his jump would take him beyond the boundary rope. Still in the air, he had the presence of mind to release the ball back into the field of play and towards his teammate Hay, who had run across in support.


Hay had the simple job of completing the catch, leaving all onlookers awestruck.

The game itself was just as extraordinary as the catch. On 73-3 at the halfway stage, Central Districts put on 144 from the last 10 overs, with Tom Bruce making a 36-ball 93, and Dane Cleaver 61 off 32.

That acceleration was nothing compared to Canterbury’s however. They made their way to 128-4 after 14 overs, needing 90 runs off the last seven overs at 12.85 runs per over. They gunned down the target with 16 balls to spare thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 87 runs in 24 balls. Henry Shipley hit 39* off 11, and Cam Fletcher 48* off 21 to seal a remarkable heist.

Still, the game will surely be remembered for Coburn’s spectacular effort, even if, in the book, it simply says ‘caught Hay’.

Watch Coburn and Hay combine spectacularly below:


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