There's a catch to playing royalty
Competitive young Christchurch cricketers will not hesitate to catch Prince William ''out'' if they get the chance.
Our Lady of Fatima School pupils Shannon Germon, 11, Liam Buckley, 12, Caleb Parker, 12, and Jamie Elley, 11, are among 28 lucky children from seven schools selected to play the very English sport in front of the Duke and Duchess during their visit to the city today.
Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley will lead the game, designed to promote the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins in Christchurch in February.
The Our Lady of Fatima children were rapt when their names were drawn out of a hat.
They hoped the royals would take part in the match, in particular, for William to hit the ball their way and they promised there would be no sympathy shown if he does.
Caleb said: ''I will catch it, so I can say I got Prince William out.''
Jamie said he was ''excited and nervous''.
''It's going to be really weird because we're meeting one of the most famous people in the world.''
''I felt really honoured to be pulled out and really lucky. It's a once in a lifetime thing to meet the royals,'' said Shannon, who played cricket.
Their Royal Highnesses will be hosted by Therese Walsh, Head of New Zealand for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and Shannon's father, Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon, a former New Zealand captain.
It was co-incidence his daughter's name was pulled from the hat, the school said.