Jayme to meet one-day heroes in front of thousands

By abbey.hartevelt@dailypost.co.nz, Abigail Hartevelt

Rotorua's Jayme Martin is probably more excited than most going to the One Day International cricket game between the Black Caps and England in Hamilton tomorrow.

The 9-year-old St Mary's School pupil has won the chance to go out on to the field with Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and England captain Stuart Broad in front of an audience of thousands to participate in the coin toss at the start of the game after his mother, Melissa, entered him in a competition run by ANZ.

When Mrs Martin and Jayme's father, Rangi, told him he would be going on to the pitch, it took awhile to sink in.

"He didn't think we were telling him the truth ... then all of a sudden it sunk in."

Asked to rank his excitement out of 10, Jayme said he would give it a 10.

Jayme said he was not nervous about going out on to the pitch and was looking forward to meeting McCullum, one of his favourite cricket players. He also plans to get some of the players to sign his cricket bat.

Jayme loves playing cricket and has played for the St Mary's hardball cricket side for the past four years.

He has also watched his elder brother, Ethan, 15, play cricket for the Northern Districts Maori side.

Mr Martin said Ethan was quite envious that his younger brother was getting to go out on to the pitch.

ANZ head of sponsorship Susan McGregor said the coin toss would be a thrilling experience for Jayme.

"Jayme is only one of nine children being chosen to participate in the coin toss at each of the ANZ Series international cricket games this summer.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young cricket fan to stand beside the two captains and be there for the moment that gets the whole match going," she said.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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