Veteran all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe took a superb rebound catch to dismiss Moeen Ali (17) in the 14th game of the Men’s Hundred between Birmingham Phoenix and Welsh Fire in Birmingham on Thursday.
Welsh Fire beat Birmingham Phoenix by six wickets to register their second win in the competition. Batting first, Birmingham were held to a disappointing 112-7. Welsh Fire chased down the target in 85 deliveries for the loss of four wickets.
One of the highlights of Welsh Fire’s impressive performance on the field was the superb catch taken by Van der Merwe to send back Birmingham captain Moeen. The latter swung one across the line as left-arm pacer David Payne bowled a good-length delivery that angled into the left-hander. The ball went straight up in the air towards long-on.
Van der Merwe ran forward and tried to settle under the skier. As he looked to complete the catch, though, the ball popped out of his hand and bounced off his chest. However, the fielder was alert and completely a superb one-handed catch on the rebound.
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The veteran Netherlands cricketer is known for his excellent fielding abilities. During the 2022 T20 World Cup match against South Africa in Adelaide, he took a stunning catch to dismiss David Miller for 17.
The Proteas went on to lose the game by 13 runs, faltering in a chase of 159 and were knocked out of the World Cup.
Van der Merwe starred with the ball too against Birmingham Phoenix
Coming back to The Hundred clash, Van der Merwe impressed with the ball too, registering figures of 2-16 from 15 balls. The left-arm spinner got the wickets of Birmingham Phoenix openers Will Smeed (10) and Ben Duckett (25).
Haris Rauf also impressed with figures of 2-20, while Payne finished with 2-11. Shaheen Afridi (1-26) picked up the wicket of his Pakistan teammate Shadab Khan (2).
Opener Stephen Eskinazi guided Welsh Fire’s chase with a whirlwind 43 off 18 balls, a knock that featured six fours and two sixes. Captain Tom Abell chipped in with an unbeaten 23 off 18 as Welsh Fire got over the line with ease.