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Marnus Labuschagne’s Sensational Catch In T20 Blast Stuns Fans
By CricShots - Jun 22, 2024 11:43 am
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In cricket, the saying “Catches win you matches” was proven true once again on the evening of June 20 during the T20 Blast. Marnus Labuschagne provided a moment of brilliance, executing a sensational catch that left fans and players in awe. The match between Glamorgan and Gloucestershire was already thrilling when Labuschagne, fielding at long-on, made a catch that will be remembered far beyond the boundaries of Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne took an exceptional catch

Labuschagne himself seemed stunned by his achievement, breaking into a joyful sprint as his teammates celebrated. This catch not only dismissed Ben Charlesworth but also reduced Gloucestershire to a precarious 45/5 in the 10th over, swinging the momentum firmly in Glamorgan’s favor.

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The spectacular nature of the catch immediately drew comparisons to another iconic moment in Australian cricket history. Twenty-five years earlier, Adam Dale had made a similarly incredible catch for Queensland against New South Wales at the Gabba. Dale’s catch, like Labuschagne’s, remains one of the most celebrated in cricket history.

 

“I remember diving, and I still remember the stick [of the ball]. It was a nice moment, but I do think I was out of position,” Adam Dale reminisced to cricket.com.au on the 25th anniversary of his legendary catch.

Despite Labuschagne’s heroics, the match itself proved to be a nail-biter. Gloucestershire managed to claw back into the game, with Josh Shaw hitting a six off the last ball to clinch a two-wicket victory that had seemed improbable at one point.

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As Gloucestershire’s Ben Charlesworth lofted a drive off legspinner Mason Crane, few anticipated what was about to unfold. Labuschagne, known for his excellent fielding skills, sprinted to his right and launched into a full-length dive, managing to hold onto the ball with his right hand, just inches from the ground. This incredible feat of athleticism and skill underscored the critical role that fielding plays in the game and cemented Labuschagne’s reputation as one of the best fielders in contemporary cricket.