Cricketing brothers 15-year-old Matthew and 11-year-old Cameron Fairhall’s (shown left) off season training received a boost when they were each awarded a full set of new gear from the ANZ Cricket Grant programme.
ANZ’s cricket grant programme gives New Zealand cricket players, teams and schools the chance to apply for sponsorship to help them with their game. Hooked on cricket, Cameron and Matthew were stoked with the new gear. “I’ve caught a few catches behind the stumps this season but I wanted to practice catching fast bowls and I didn't have any gloves. I really wanted some for my birthday so the new gear is perfect” said Cameron.
“We were stoked we won, we certainly weren’t expecting the two huge bags of gear to arrive” said Matthew.
Cashmere High School Year 11 student Matthew, plays for Sydenham cricket club’s 1st XI team in the Christchurch club competition. Not to be left behind, Hillview Christian School Year 7 student Cameron has represented Canterbury in the CJCA tournament, where he scored his first 50, and plays for Sydenham’s Yr 6-7 premier team.
The sport loving brothers plan to spend many off season hours at the local nets. “It’ll be great to keep my arm rolling over and practice batting. I go easy on Cameron, but he likes to think he can keep up” said Matthew.
Head of Sponsorship at ANZ, Sue McGregor, said “we love sport here at ANZ and the positive life lessons it provides. Providing quality gear to young players is a step towards helping them achieve their sporting dreams and it’s wonderful to play a part in that".
“We’ve enjoyed reading applications from good sports like Matthew and Cameron’s. When we heard their story, we knew how much this new cricket gear would help them.”
ANZ has so far given more than $1,000,000 to help teams and players all over New Zealand achieve their cricket dreams.Hits: 227