2019 has been one of the most exciting summers for British cricket ever. And now it has just got a little bit more exciting as a Guinness World Records title has been broken at this year’s Kingfisher Drone Catch World Cup.
The record for Highest Catch of a Cricket Ball was achieved in High Wycombe, UK on 8 July 2019 by Sam Norman, representing England at the Kingfisher Drone Catch World Cup, who managed to catch a cricket ball that had been dropped by a drone from a staggering height of 89.6 metres – the equivalent of 20 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other.
When asked what it meant to have won the Kingfisher Drone Catch World Cup and become a world record holder Sam said: “It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to be a world record holder, honestly it’s a childhood dream come true and I’m incredibly grateful for Kingfisher Beer UK for giving me the opportunity to do so.
It definitely made the journey down from Shropshire worthwhile. It was a shame my wife and children couldn’t be there in person but the live stream, videos and photos on social media meant my wife could be kept abreast of the competition as it was happening. I’ll certainly be buying a copy of the Guinness World Records book for every single person I know!”
The winner, and new world record holder, received a fantastic prize of not only being entered into the record books and winning the Drone Catch World Cup trophy, but also won the chance to spend a day at the Gray-Nicolls factory in East Sussex, where he will have a bespoke bat hand-crafted for him by the experts who make them for many of the world’s top players, including Alistair Cook.
All the lucky participants of the competition received a case of Kingfisher Beer to take home, as well as a Gray-Nicolls cricket shirt.
Kingfisher worked with an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records who attended the Drone Catch to verify the new record as legitimate.
“The Kingfisher Drone Catch World Cup was an incredible success for all the participants who took part to represent their country. What has made it even more special is that Sam Norman was able to officially break the Guinness World Records title for Highest catch of a cricket ball and now has his name entered into the record books whilst representing his country.” Rob Pietre-Cambacedes, Brand Manager for Kingfisher.
The event was held at “one of the most beautiful grounds in England”, Wormsley Cricket Ground. The ground was built by Sir Paul Getty on his estate after he fell in love with the game. This famous ground hosted its opening match in September 1992 which was captained by the cricketing legends Imran Khan and Bob Wyatt. The match also played host to the honoured guests, then Prime Minister, John Major and Her Majesty the Queen Mother.