Young fan steps up to the pitch

Sasha was one of 27 kids being selected to take part in the pivotal pre-match moment during this year’s summer of cricket.

A Tauranga cricket fan has had a dream come true earlier this week when she joined Captains Kane Williamson and Carlos Brathwaite on the pitch.

With the flip of a coin nine-year-old Sasha Veall got the chance to help decide the batting and bowling order before the BLACKCAPS v West Indies match.

The young fan attends Bethlehem Primary School and loves practising cricket after school and on the weekends. She hopes to start playing cricket herself soon.

“My favourite part was getting to meet the captains and having them sign my t-shirt.”

Head of Sponsorship at ANZ, Sue McGregor, says Sasha was one of 27 kids being selected to take part in the pivotal pre-match moment during this year's summer of cricket.

“We hope that connecting young players with their heroes will help inspire the next generation of Kiwi cricketers.

“There's a magic that happens when fans take part in the match and meet these great players. We try to get these young cricketers involved as much as we can,” she says.

The ANZ coin toss activity is part of its support for cricket at all levels in New Zealand.

ANZ is also giving keen cricketers the chance to share what help they need to get on top of their game this summer.

Whether it's new gear, tips from their heroes or just inspiration - ANZ could make it happen. Applications are now open at


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