ADAM LYTH says the catch against Leicestershire at Headingley the week before last was the harder of the two he and Yorkshire team-mate Aaron Finch have been involved in through this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast.
Lyth and Finch have played their part in two stunning and much talked about boundary catches whilst fielding at long-on and long-off respectively.
The first was to dismiss Lancashire’s Tom Smith at Emirates Old Trafford at the start of last month before a repeat came to get rid of Leicester’s Josh Cobb earlier this month.
Both times, Lyth parried what seemed a certain six back into the field of play whilst in mid air and before he landed over the boundary rope and saw Finch complete the catch.
The Smith one saw Finch comfortably catch the ball, but the Cobb one forced the Australian to dive one-handed and complete the catch inches off the ground. The second looked the more spectacular.
Although Lyth said: "The one that probably looks the best was the one at Old Trafford, but the one which was harder was the one here against Leicester because I didn't have enough time to judge where I was.
“Against Lancs, it came a lot higher, so I was able to steady myself, get underneath it and jump back.
"The other one against Leicester, I basically just had to jump over the rope and throw it back without thinking too much. That's why I probably did a bad throw back to Finchy. Thankfully he was there and managed to catch it.”
Over the last few weeks and months, there have been a number of similar catches taken around the world.
Kieron Pollard took one in the Indian Premier League and Trent Boult took one for New Zealand in a T20 against the West Indies last week.
It just shows how much the game has changed over the last three or four years, never mind the last ten or 20.
"Going back a few years, you could maybe get away with the fielding,” added Lyth. “But nowadays it's about agility, as you've seen. Thankfully I'm athletic and a good fielder, so I'm alright.”