Local cricket fans will be rewarded for keeping their eyes on the ball during the new SA20 league which gets underway on Tuesday, with organisers and sponsors offering a share of R1 million to all supporters who are able to take a one-handed catch off a six.
The Betway Catch a Million competition will be held at all 33 matches during the series, it was confirmed just hours before the league got underway with the first game between MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals at Newlands.
“As part of our title sponsorship we wanted to bring something to the fans in the stadium and are excited to be able to launch the Betway Catch a Million,” said Mark Rowles, head of marketing for the headline sponsor.
“Fan engagement is at the forefront of our business, and we hope to see all spectators get involved in this exciting campaign and win their share of R1 million.
“As an incentive to Betway SA account holders, their share of winnings will be doubled into their accounts.”
There are some clauses to the deal which spectators must take into account if they want to get in on the huge cash prize.
The catch must be clean and not have touched anything more than the palm of the fan who catches the ball. This means that the ball cannot come off a hat, umbrella, another hand, shoulder chest, or juggled either between hands or on one hand.
Due to legal reasons, in line with betting regulations, the competition is open only to people over the age of 18.