Gift for young cricketer
Young Ben Stevens is all geared up for the rest of the cricket season.
The eight-year-old’s dreams come true when Upper Hutt ANZ branch manager Lyn Tunnicliffe delivered heaps of brand new gear to his Te Marua house on February 2.
An Upper Hutt junior player with Team Burgess, Ben received a bat, helmet, gloves, pads and a kit bag and, for the whole Stevens family, tickets to the Black Caps one-day international against South Africa at the Westpac Stadium.
With an older sister and brother also having played as Upper Hutt juniors Ben has always had to make do with second and third-hand gear, a situation his parents hoped their application to the ANZ Dream Big promotion might be able to change.
‘‘Ben was very surprised when his gear arrived. Unfortunately we were housebound because of heavy rain but he tried it all on and is looking forward to better weather and his his next game even more than normal,’’ mum Shendelle, said
A left-handed batsmen, and right-arm bowler Ben is already in his third season of cricket.
Cricket is in the Stevens family. Sister Charlotte is a former Wellington under-13 representative while brother Brian is in the St Pat’s Silverstream seconds as a 14-year-old. His dad, Rana, also coaches the New Zealand Defence team.
Ben also likes basketball and swimming and he will be doing morning Chug-a-Lugs runs at his at Silverstream primary school where he has just started Year 4.
Cricket is number one though. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are his favourite Black Caps while Brendon McCallum remans a hero.
‘‘We found eight-year-old Ben’s passion for cricket so inspiring that we absolutely had to help him take to the field with a kit load of new gear for his next game,’’ ANZ head of sponsorship Sue McGregor said.