Bay fan meets cricketing hero
No cancellations, rain or overcast skies could dampen the spirits of one young Hawke’s Bay cricket fan on Thursday.
Taradale Intermediate School student Sara Hollis, 12, was selected to walk out onto the pitch with the Australian and New Zealand captains and toss a coin to decide which team would bat first at the McLean Park One Day International match.
But the weather had other ideas. Despite the game not going ahead it was still a day to remember for Sara.
Months before her family were planning to head along to the cricket and her father Jerram entered her in a competition to be selected for the coin toss.
The ANZ competition gave 22 young cricket fans from across New Zealand the opportunity to take the field for the coin toss at different games.
Her name was selected.
‘‘I didn’t event know he had entered me,’’ she said.
‘‘I [ was] excited and nervous because there [was] going to be lots of people watching.’’
Before the game she had to be at the ANZ tent at 12.50pm where she had a chance to meet the players before walking out onto the pitch with the captains.
While conditions were being considered Sara had the opportunity to walk onto the pitch three or four times and have photos with players.
She also hung out in the commentary area and chatted with the Sky commentary team.
He father said in typical New Zealand fashion everyone came over and talked to her and were very nice.
Sara began playing cricket last year.
Normally a badminton player she represented Hawke’s Bay at the under 13 level, but she enjoyed cricket because it was played outdoors and her favourite part was bowling.
‘‘I’ve always liked Kane Williamson - he has good sportsmanship and he’s a good role model.
‘‘But I really want to go to the Olympics for badminton,’’ she said.
Sara Hollis, 12 with Australia’s Matthew Wade and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.