Ben Laughlin catch: The veteran pacer from Brisbane Heat defied age to put on display an incredible fielding effort at the Gabba.
During the eliminator of the ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in Brisbane, veteran Brisbane Heat pacer Ben Laughlin put on display an incredible fielding effort to dismiss his counterpart in Michael Neser (0).
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 18th over when Heat all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne bowled a gentle full-toss to Neser. Looking to make the most of receiving a nothing delivery first up, Neser aimed at hitting it over the boundary but ended up getting more height than distance.
Laughlin, who was fielding at long-on, ran towards his right a fair distance to follow it with a superlative one-handed diving catch. Having stunned one and all watching live or at home, the 38-year old player became a source of amazement at the Gabba.
Having registered economical bowling figures of 4-0-23-0, Laughlin contributed across facets in the first knockout match of this season.
After Adelaide Strikers captain Travis Head won the toss and opted to bat, his batsmen including him failed to justify the decision scoring 130/7 in 20 overs. While the likes of top-order batsmen in Jake Weatherald (32) and Phil Salt (26) got off to individual starts, neither of them could play throughout the 20 overs.
With bowling figures of 3-0-13-3, Labuschagne was the pick of the bowlers for Brisbane Heat.
Ben Laughlin catch vs Brisbane Heat
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 29, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
Catches win matches!
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 29, 2021
IN THE ONE HAND.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 29, 2021
— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) January 29, 2021
HOW BEN LAUGHLIN HOW? 😲pic.twitter.com/eSIQ3dj7a8
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 29, 2021
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