Hundreds of talented young cricketers took part in skills and drills with the BLACKCAPS and National Bank over the weekend.
This is the second year the BLACKCAPS and the National Bank have joined together to do coaching sessions with up and coming cricketers as part of the National Bank initiative – the National Cricket Club. Last year it was in Auckland and this year youngsters from around Otago came to Dunedin to learn new skills from their Favourite BLACKCAPS.
Chris Harris, Ambassador for the National Cricket Club and former BLACKCAP, said it was a great day out for all involved. “We’re about discovering the next BLACKCAPS,” he said. “It’s great to be here and experience some of the level at grassroots.”
The likes of Martin Guptill, Tim Southee and Peter Ingram were coaching the youngsters in a range of skill stations involving batting, bowling and catching.
“Looking around seeing all the kids having a lot fun; it’s an awesome day for the boys and girls and parents, it’s awesome,” BLACKCAP Peter Ingram said. ”It what’s it about isn’t it? Cricketers having fun.”
National Bank spokesperson Andrew Moffat said the day has been a complete success. “It’s gone really well. It’s really popular, 105 kids for first session and the same for the intermediate session,” he said. “It’s been going like this for a couple of years and this is the opportunity to link the BLACKCAPS with the local kids’ cricket and get some of those links there between the big guys and the little guys.”