Joe Denly dropped catch! It continued to trend for the second day after the 33-year-old England cricketer dropped one of the easiest catches in the history of the game during their draw against hosts New Zealand at Hamilton on Tuesday (December 3). (More Cricket News)
Chasing an improbable win against the Black Caps to draw the two-match Test series 1-1 after losing the opener, England needed good fortunes. But Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored centuries before the rain ended the match.
Williamson (104) and Taylor (105) were unbeaten when the weather stopped play in the second session on Day 5 at Seddon Park in. The pair had put on 213 for the third wicket as the Black Caps got to 241/2 – a lead of 140 runs.
But what defined the day and the match and also the series was Denly dropped catch, in the opening session. Many, including the commentators from either camp, described it dolliest of dollies.
In the 49th over, Williamson played the fourth ball off Jofra Archer without control, and the ball looped to Denley at mid-wicket. Then this happened:
Don't miss Archer's reaction - a celebradrop. That should tell the whole story.
That's not all though. It will be remembered for a long time. Some reactions:
The player reactions are obviously key - Broad, Archer, Stokes, Kane etc. - but I've also got an awful lot of time for Craig McMillan's slightly camp tittering in the commentary box. pic.twitter.com/YqXaTVcZT2— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) December 3, 2019
I personally blame the Kooka ball, far to round unlike a slightly oval Duke, simples— Graham Onions (@BunnyOnions) December 3, 2019
Club cricketers of Essex have you had a ‘WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!’ moment on the cricket pitch this year? ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ https://t.co/Q1o5unukbk— Essex Cricket in the Community (@EssexCCB) December 3, 2019
Taking a short break from the birthday hat trick to think about Joe Denly’s dropped catch :)— Darcy Daniher (@DarcyDaniher) December 3, 2019
I can’t believe the Tories haven’t blamed Joe Denly’s dropped “catch” on Jeremy Corbyn yet...wtf?— Get the Tories out (@Monkeybadger1) December 3, 2019
Joe denly's dropped catch should inspire you to realise that everyone makes mistakes no matter how good you think you are #Denly— Oscar Hewitt (@OscarHewitt11) December 3, 2019
Joe Denly: Was that the worst dropped catch in test cricket history?: Even your nan should not be dropping that, I don't care how old she is! if Archer didn't find it laughable, he'll probably would have thumbed him!— Dave Walker (@DaveDwalker70) December 3, 2019
For the record, Williamson was dropped on 39 by Ollie Pope off Ben Stokes earlier in the innings. Then the Kiwi skipper got another life, on 62.
That was as close as England got to a wicket as Williamson reached his 21st Test century and Taylor his 19th after back-to-back sixes.
Taylor also went past 7,000 Test runs, becoming the second New Zealander – after Stephen Fleming – to reach the milestone.