Coin toss in young cricket fan’s favour

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Eight-year-old Ho­hepa Wat­son had his first shot at fame on Sun­day.

The Toko­roa cricket fan won the chance to walk on to Sed­don Park’s cricket pitch in Hamil­ton with New Zealand Black Caps cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson.

There he tossed a coin to de­cide who bat­ted the first in­nings dur­ing the team’s match against Aus­tralia.

The mem­o­rable mo­ment came cour­tesy of ANZ’S Coin Toss Kid com­pe­ti­tion, which is run­ning dur­ing the ANZ In­ter­na­tional Se­ries.

Ho­hepa, who goes to Toko­roa Cen­tral School said it was ex­cit­ing but nerve-rack­ing walk­ing out onto the pitch.

‘‘I felt good but I was re­ally ner­vous and I said to Kane how do you win a coin toss?’’ he said.

He said luck ap­peared to be on his side with Wil­liamson pick­ing tails and flip­ping the coin to land it.

‘‘I felt good but I was re­ally ner­vous and I said to Kane how do you win a coin toss?’’ Ho­hepa Wat­son

Ho­hepa, who plays cricket three nights a week at home, said he en­joys ev­ery­thing about play­ing the sport and even brought a spe­cial out­fit for the oc­ca­sion.

‘‘My mum signed me up and when she told me I had won, I was so happy and wanted to tell my sis­ters so we could have a party to cel­e­brate,’’ he said.

‘‘They have not said any­thing about it though be­cause they are jeal­ous.’’

He went to the game with his Dad Joseph and mum Moana who both said he ‘‘loved it’’.

‘‘We were not al­lowed to go out with him so a lady from ANZ took him out and once they did the coin toss they moved to the side and had a talk with Wil­liamson and got a photo,’’ Joseph said.

‘‘I was very proud of him, es­pe­cially when they an­nounced his name over the loud speak­ers so ev­ery­one could hear. I was like that is my son.’’

ANZ is giv­ing 22 young cricket fans through­out New Zealand the op­por­tu­nity to toss coins dur­ing the se­ries.

Spokes­woman Sue Mcgre­gor said the bank was pleased to be able to of­fer young Ki­wis the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘We’re pas­sion­ate about not only sup­port­ing elite cricket in New Zealand, but also all the grass­roots fans and crick­eters,’’ she said.

Visit anzcrick­et­world.co.nz.

LUKE KIRKEBY

Ho­hepa Wat­son tossed a coin to de­cide who bat­ted the first in­nings dur­ing the Black Caps match in Hamil­ton.

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