With each passing year, commercially available drones are getting stronger are able to reach heights their forbearers could only dream of. As they’ve gone higher and higher, so naturally has the height from which a cricket ball can be dropped…
HIGHEST CRICKET BALL CATCH
There are plenty of well-known individual records in cricket (most runs, highest batting average, most centuries, etc.), but it has only been in recent years that Highest Catch of a Cricket Ball has become a Guinness World Records category under contention. Here we present the progression of the nascent record.
NASSER HUSSAIN — 2016
''It was great fun to spend the morning attempting to catch cricket balls dropped from a drone at the home of cricket – something I never thought I would do.''
On June 30, 2016, at the renowned Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain caught a cricket ball dropped from a Batcam drone which hovered 49 meters (160 ft 9.1 in) in the air.
ALYSSA HEALY — 2019
More than two years after amateur cricketer Kristan Baumgartner (UK) upped the record to 62 meters (203 ft 4.9 in) in November 2016, Australian wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy took aim at the standard.
To celebrate 1-year-to-go to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Healy set a new world record at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) with a catch of a ball dropped from 82.5 meters (270.66 ft).
SAM NORMAN — 2019
On July 8, 2019, Sam Norman (UK) competed against participants from nine other countries at the Kingfisher Drone Catch World Cup in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, and walked away with the current record after catching a ball released from 89.9 meters (294 ft 11 in).
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