Was the Adam Lyth / Aaron Finch catch in NatWest T20 Blast the best ever?

When Adam Lyth parried the ball back into Aaron Finch to complete the dismissal of Tom Smith in the Roses T20 last Friday it was described by many as the best ever. Was it? We take a look… There are some crackers!!

Tom Smith ct Finch b Rashid in 2014. The star turn is Adam Lyth.

A quite stunning piece of fielding. The awareness shown by Adam Lyth of his proximity to the boundary rope, the team work with Aaron Finch to permit the relay catch and the skill involved throughout is exceptional. Add the cauldron of a Roses encounter and the fact that Tom Smith was going great guns and Lyth was off balance this dismissal is right up there.

What do you think - let us know…

Some of the contenders

James Cameron ct Miller b Pyrah in 2012. The star turn is Joe Root.

Joe Root combines with David Miller to complete a stunning piece of fielding dismissing Worcestershire’s James Cameron for 29 helping Yorkshire to book their first ever place at a T20 Finals Day. Another home grown Yorkshire lad and overseas star combine, but we reckon Lyth’s catch just shades this. Still an imcredible piece of awareness and skill.

Brad Wilson ct Mason b Nethula in 2012. The star turn is Bevan Small

From the New Zealand domestic HRV Twenty20 competition. Bevan Small catches the ball in the air while crossing over the boundary rope, before hitting the ground he throws the ball to Michael Mason who takes the catch.

Josh Cobb ct Ballance b Brooks in 2013. The star turn is Gary Ballance.

This has to be the best solo catch ever. Adam Lyth himself agrees, saying it’s the best he’s ever seen. You’d have to watch an awful lot of cricket to see better than this one from Gary Ballance.

Anyone want to suggest any that are better than these?

One thing is certain, whatever your views in T20, the fielding is better for it!!

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
As the editor of World Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
He is also the presenter of the Cricket Badger Radio Show on Radio Yorkshire every Tuesday evening between 7-9pm UK time.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author, a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications and a complete cricket badger!

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