Lower Hutt pupil to flip for Black Caps

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 08:11 15/02/2013
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LUCKY CHARM: Nathan McCullum made a surprise appearance at Kelson School's assembly yesterday where 10-year-old Madison Boyer learned she will be tossing the coin at tonight's Twnety20 cricket match between the Black Caps and England.

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At just 10 years old, Madison Boyer is already a cricket veteran, with five seasons under her belt.

But today Madison, a pupil at Kelson School in Lower Hutt, will play an important role in the final Twenty20 match between New Zealand and England, at Westpac Stadium.

She will flip the coin that will decide which team gets to bat or bowl first. Tonight's match will decide the series, which is tied at 1-1.

In both games so far, the team batting first has won. However, all past T20 matches at Westpac Stadium have been won by the team batting second.

Nine young cricketers are getting the coin-toss honour this summer - one for each of the limited-over and test matches between England and the Black Caps.

Madison was secretly nominated by dad Des.

"She broke her arm on Boxing Day - she fell off a fence," he said. "She only got her cast off on Friday, and she was back playing on Saturday. That's how keen she is."

Madison was given the news at school assembly yesterday by Black Caps spinner Nathan McCullum.

She was overwhelmed at first, but was soon chatting away to McCullum, whom she later deemed her new equal favourite player, along with Ross Taylor.

"It was a total surprise," she said.

McCullum said he enjoyed meeting young fans. "It brings you back to when you were a wee fella, and they [Black Caps players] used to come around to the school. We used to love it.

"The White Ferns have done fantastically well in the last wee while, and it's great to see more young girls coming through."

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