Coin-toss kid meets cricket heroes

England captain Eoin Morgan, left, Rolleston's Harrison Rooney and stand-in Black Caps skipper...
England captain Eoin Morgan, left, Rolleston's Harrison Rooney and stand-in Black Caps skipper Tim Southee prior to the toss.
Harrison Rooney got to meet some of his heroes on Friday when he was the coin toss kid for the first Twenty20 international between New Zealand and England at Hagley Oval which England won by seven wickets.

The Rolleston 10-year-old who plays for Weedons and attends Clearview Primary School joined stand-in Black Caps captain Tim Southee and English skipper Eoin Morgan for the pre-match coin toss on the pitch prior to the match.

Speaking after he stepped off the pitch, Harrison said: “It was absolutely amazing, I loved being out there and meeting some of my favourite players. “I’ve been playing cricket since I was five because my Dad taught me. I want to be a cricket player like Trent Boult one day.”

Harrison won the ANZ competition to be the coin toss kid which involved joining the two team captains on the pitch before the match. 

Head of Sponsorship at ANZ, Sue McGregor, said Harrison was one of 28 young cricketers selected to take part in the pre-match ritual this cricket season.

“Young Kiwi cricket players are often inspired by New Zealand’s professional players, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to meet their sporting heroes. We hope all Coin Toss Kids winners have fun, enjoy the experience and are inspired to continue to play the game,” she said.






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