Even our schoolboys can beat the English

Last updated 14:06 18/02/2013
Reuben Andrews
CLASSIC CATCH: Reuben Andrews is held aloft by St Paul's Collegiate schoolmates.

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Even Hamilton's schoolboys can beat the English.

Reuben Andrew, 14, gave the tourists a lesson in fielding yesterday at Seddon Park when he took an absolute blinder of a catch off the bat of Ian Bell.

The year 10 St Paul's student was at the Black Caps vs England ODI  to attend to the boundary ropes and was sitting just inside the picket fence.

When Bell belted Andrew Ellis for a six it headed Reuben's way, and eluded the hands of Black Cap Mitchell McClenaghan.

A calm Reuben then casually leaned to his left, without standing up and got two safe hands to the ball.

The catch was captured on camera and immediately re-played over and over on the big screen, much to the delight of the crowds.

''It went over the top of his hands so I just dived to the left,'' Reuben told Radio Hauraki.

''I didn't really see it (the ball).  I just watched it before it got to his hands and I just had a go at it.

''The crowd reaction was pretty good. They were clapping because it was up on the big screen.''

And what did McClenaghan say?

''Then Mitchell was like 'good catch' and stuff. ''

Reuben said he was coping well with his newfound fame.

''One guy did come up and ask for my autograph as a joke. That was pretty cool.''

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- Waikato Times

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