During the recent BLACKCAPS v England T20 at Westpac Stadium, one Wellington cricketer had a very special job.
Wellington U13 representative, Maddie Porteous, won the opportunity to be the ANZ Coin Toss Kid, taking the field with captains, Kane Williamson and Jos Buttler.
Entered in to the competition by her dad, Gary, Maddie hid her nerves well but couldn’t deliver a toss win for Williamson – although in the end that didn’t matter for the home team,
“I was so nervous. Everyone said I looked really calm in the interview.
“I didn’t ever know my dad had signed me up until we were contacted. I still can’t believe I was on tv. It was so much fun.”
Maddie is in just her second season of cricket but, with her mum, Rachel, having represented Canada, she is developing quickly in the sport. After starting out playing alongside the boys at Onslow Junior Cricket Club last season, Maddie is finding a lot of enjoyment this season playing alongside other girls. It’s obvious she has found a love for the game, playing for four teams, including the representative Wellington U13s,
“One day I hope to do the same [as her mum] and play for New Zealand.
“At the moment I am playing for four different cricket teams; Onslow Junior Mixed, Onslow Junior girls only, my school team (Raroa Normal Intermediate) girls, and the Wellington U13 side.
“I found my first year playing quite tough, especially not knowing anything. I am in a different team this year and it is going much better and it is nicer.”
Being so new to the game, Maddie hasn’t yet settled on a favourite BLACKCAP, although Mitchell Santner left an impression,
“At the game my favourite BLACKCAP would’ve been Michael Santner, because he signed and gave me a cricket ball. But most of the players said hi and signed my top.”
Overall though, Maddie, an all-rounder, is very clear about her favourite players,
“My favourite cricket player is Amelia Kerr because she is a great all-rounder.
“I also really like Dee Doughty who plays for Wellington Blaze. I like her because she is an awesome bowler.”
The pitch at Westpac Stadium caused plenty of unwarranted concern, delivering a close, high-scoring, game. Maddie cast her eye over it at the toss and wasn’t concerned at all about how it would play as she got her first up-close look at a bit of cricket tech,
“The pitch looked so nice. I played at the Basin last year for a cricket match for my school (the Wellington regional final of the National Primary Schools Cup), the pitch reminded me of it. Although the Westpac Stadium had little cameras on the stumps.”
When asked what she would’ve done if she had won the toss, Maddie’s option perhaps should’ve been heeded by England skipper, Buttler,
“I would have batted first, because that’s what we do for my Saturday Onslow team and we usually win.”