In a gentleman’s game, there is this saying: ‘catches win matches’; but it further becomes as an icing on the cake for a bowler when a fielder with his sheer acrobatic stuff acts more like a bird and plane on the field — to make it equally interesting and memorable just like Yorkshire Vikings’ player Jack Leaning did at the cover boundary against Lancashire Lightning’s in the NatWest Twenty20 game on August 11 (Friday).
Remember the name Jack Leaning!
The top-order batsman Arron Lilley was superbly caught by leaning on the boundary line while throwing himself into the air – to grab the headlines after completing a one-handed screamer.
Following the praise from cricket followers, the video has vent viral during the ongoing domestic short-paced competition in England.
The right-handed batsman Lilley scored 12 off 11 deliveries before trudging off the ground.
On the penultimate delivery of the eighth over which was a full-toss and the top-order batsman, Arron Lilley carved it over the 30-yard circle, failed to get the enough elevation which saw Leaning leaping into the air to grab an incredible catch.
“Oh my gosh! He ran in, he made a difficult catch impossible and then he grabbed it,” former England skipper and now commentator Nasser Hussain remarked in the game.
While chasing the target of 183, Lancashire was reduced to 63 for three in eight overs.
“We’ve seen some great catches this will take some beating,” Hussain added.
Earlier, after Yorkshire won the toss, Leaning batted at No. 6, as he scored 24 off 15 balls which included two boundaries and a six before he was caught by Lilley interestingly on the bowling of Junaid Khan.
The 23-year-old Leaning has been a quality prospect in the domestic circuit, who can also roll over the arm for his off-break bowling.
The Bristol-born Leaning has featured in 40 domestic T20 games in which he has amassed 785 runs at an average of 29.07.
However, Jos Butler-led Lancashire’s innings was wrapped on 163, as Yorkshire won the match by 19 runs at Headingley in Leeds.
Interestingly, Yorkshire skipper Tim Bresnan-led from the front and bagged six wickets after conceding just 19 runs in his four overs.
The 32-year-old Pontefract-born bowling all-rounder Bresnan, who has played 34 Twenty20 Internationals for England, was adjudged Man of the Match for his splendid figures which piled up miseries for the visitors.
This is how Twittersphere reacted after watching Leaning’s leaping catch:
Stunning catch over in the T20 Blast!!
Jack Leaning – Take a bow son!pic.twitter.com/dj5rrqeApp
— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) August 11, 2017
You can tell Jack Leaning's dad was a good goalkeeper. Amazing catch!! ?
— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) August 11, 2017
Best catch I've ever seen from Jack Leaning WOW
— Ali (@Oddsonjolly) August 11, 2017
As a Lancashire man. A Lancashire fan. That is some catch Jack Leaning.
— Oliver Monxghan (@Moggy0303) August 12, 2017
— James Proctor (@JamesProctor93) August 11, 2017
What a catch from Jack Leaning, that is unreal!!!
— Danny Simpson (@SimmoLUFC_) August 11, 2017
My word, Jack Leaning, what a catch
— Rich (@RichardBulloug1) August 11, 2017
Wow, what a catch by Jack Leaning in the T20. That is absolutely ridiculous.
— Steve Grant (@SteveGrant1983) August 11, 2017
JACK ANDREW LEANING. What a catch. Screamer doesn't cover it.
— Nick (@SharlandNM) August 11, 2017