Venue: Taunton, Saturday 8th June 2019
Teams: Afghanistan v New Zealand
Score: Afghanistan 172 all out
New Zealand 173-3 win by 7 wickets.
80 adults and children travelled from Cornwall up to Taunton on Saturday 8th June to the Somerset County Cricket ground. Amongst those 80 were 30 excited children who were to take part in the anthem celebrations. The children aged between 6-13 years old arrived mid-morning to be kitted out in CWC t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and cap that they could keep.
Once inside the indoor school they were organised into height order and then divided into 2 teams – one of for Afghanistan and one for New Zealand.
A couple of rehearsals later and the children made their way onto the edge of the pitch awaiting the players. The players walked out and took each child’s hand, walking and chatting to stand in front of the Somerset Pavillion.
The children stood in front of their respective player with the cameras sweeping along the line up whilst the two national anthems were being played. They stood there facing the cameras with little comprehension that they were on live tv to over 3 billion viewers.
These fantastic children filed off the pitch to go and have a well deserved lunch and sit with their parents to watch Afghanistan bat with one ball going flying over the Priory Bridge Road stand.
At the interval between innings the children took part in 3 activity stations on the outfield. They were bowling, batting and catching with plenty of energy and enthusiasm. Some were smashing the balls into the crowd and getting lots of cheers from the crowd.
The children and their parents were then allowed to return to their seats and watch New Zealand try and stay at the top of the ICC World Cup table, which they did with a comfortable win. Truly a memorable, once in a life time experience for those involved and as one parent said afterwards ‘we had an absolutely brilliant day, two young cricket fans for life’.