Hilton Cartwright took a brilliant catch in the outfield.© Twitter
Western Australia defeated New South Wales by 18 runs in Friday’s final to win the Marsh Cup. Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson starred for Western Australia in the hard-fought final at the Junction Oval in Melbourne. But there was another game-changing moment in the game that ultimately played a big part in the outcome of the game. The moment of magic came in the 44th from the NSW chase, and the man at the center of it all — Hilton Cartwright.
The Harare-born Australian cricketer turned the tide in Western Australia’s favor with an absolutely mind-boggling catch on the long-running frontier. New South Wales appeared to be on track to overhaul the 226-run goal with two set batters in the margins.
Moises Henriques had knocked patiently and anchored the innings from one side, while Ben Dwarshuis was also strong from the other. NSW only needed 22 runs from 36 balls with three wickets left, but it all changed thanks to Cartwright’s exceptional effort on the field.
On the first pitch of the 44th over, Henriques came to D’Arcy Short’s lane and knocked him down powerfully. Cartwright sprinted a few yards to the left and dove out of nowhere at full length to grab the ball with both hands. Both his feet were in the air at the time and he landed with a thud, but still managed to hold onto the catch.
Check out Hilton Cartwright’s brilliant catch here:
Catch of Summer?!
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The commentators just couldn’t believe what they had seen.
“Oh my god! Look at that from Hilton Cartwright. Under pressure, horizontal. What a catch,” said one commenter.
“That’s an incredible catch. One of the best catches you’ll see in the Marsh Cup,” said another.
The catch turned the game in Western Australia’s favour. NSW lost to Adam Zampa in the next over, while Tanveer Sangha was then sacked as Western Australia defeated NSW for 207 in 46.3 overs to win the final by 18 runs.
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