Wymeswold Juniors enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Trent Bridge

 

Twenty-two youngsters from Wymeswold Cricket Club's junior section were handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act as mascots for the two teams before the start of the England v South Africa International Twenty20 game at Trent Bridge on Thursday 11th June.

Club Secretary Nick Shaw explains “After arriving at the ground the juniors were taken away to change into their special ICC kits and given a briefing on what to expect. They were then led out in front of the pavilion and each child was paired with one of the international players for the opening ceremony.”

The juniors stood in front of the players and as the cameras came along the line for the national anthems, they appeared on live television beamed across the world.

After the ceremony the juniors returned to a reserved section of the ground to enjoy the game, in which England were comprehensively beaten.

Nick Shaw added “We'd like to thank Keith Tongue and the staff in the development office at Trent Bridge for giving us this wonderful opportunity. They helped us set-up our junior section a few years ago and we were delighted to receive the invitation. All the international players were excellent with the children. The South African captain Graeme Smith was very chatty with Edward Dunton, and England 's Paul Collingwood looked after our youngest member, Tommy Gardam, superbly. Apparently the England team were not too good at singing the national anthem - but then again they weren't very good with the bat either.

Nick Shaw, Secretary. Tel 01509 880543 / 07976 725056

e-mail: nandhshaw@tiscali.co.uk