Blackcaps allrounder Jimmy Neesham is quickly establishing himself as one of the best fielders in world cricket with another pair of stunners in South Africa.
Neesham has been a standout in the field for the Pretoria Capitals in the SA20 tournament, with his gravity-defying lunges grabbing the attention of commentators and fans.
But it’s his latest feat that has sent the cricket world into meltdown with a couple of one-handed screamers against Durban’s Super Giants.
After the Super Giants won the toss and elected to bat, the Capitals were at the mercy of opening pair Quinton de Kock and Ben McDermott until Neesham struck.
With his very first ball, Neesham took a brilliant one-handed catch in his follow-through to dismiss a driving de Kock, leaving the Supersport commentator in awe of the grab.
“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, I cannot believe that,” Pommie Mbangwa said. “This guy continues to just take stupendous catches.”
While his dismissal did little to halt the Super Giants’ charge with the bat, it was Neesham who had those in attendance on their feet with another blinder at point.
South African allrounder Wiaan Mulder looked to have split the offside fielders, but for the flying Kiwi to dive full length and cling onto another one-handed catch, with Mbangwa running out of superlatives to describe the action.
“You’ve done it again! You’e done it again! I can’t believe this, Jimmy Neesham – what do you have for food?
“How many times are we going to say it? We’re going to say ‘you’ll be watching this over and over and it’s Jimmy Neesham on the end of it’ – that’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic.”
Despite Neesham’s efforts in the field, the Super Giants still posted a mammoth 245/4 off their 20 overs, with Heinrich Klaasen smashing a rapid-fire century.
The Capitals were bowled out for 103 inside 14 overs, with Neesham managing just eight runs in the collapse, despite a lusty blow for six off of England international Reece Topley.