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Catches win matches

By Bryan Davis, Former West Indies Test cricketer

The adage that catches win matches is a truism in the game of cricket. While it is natural to be carried away with the artistic stroke-play of a batsman and be struck by the elegance of his flourishing style or the viciousness of his hooks and pulls, the gentle accepting of a catch by a fieldsman is not lapped up artistically. Of course, if it is a fantastic diving effort, one of those impossible exertions that bring out the determination of a fieldsman or the use of his fabulous reflexes that leaves the spectator gasping for breath, it is long remembered.

A bowler sprinting down 20 or more yards with a ferocious look to tremble the heart of a weak-kneed batsman, letting go the ball at the moment of delivery at a great pace exceeding 85 miles-per-hour, bowling the batsman out with stumps cartwheeling a distance, is the type of spectacle that those backing the fielding side paid their money to witness.

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