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17 June 201403:18

Volunteer ready for his second ICC Cricket World Cup

The chance to contribute to a world-class event and make friends from across the world inspired Tony Layzell to volunteer for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992. Now he’s doing the same thing again - 23 years later.

Volunteer ready for his second ICC Cricket World Cup - Cricket News

Volunteer Tony Layzell describes the 1992 tournament as "a magic time"

In 1992, Layzell got involved in volunteering through a local cricket club. His main duties were to meet and greet people at Eden Park and show them to their seat.

“It was a magic time. The tournament was played in tremendous spirit, people were excited and they turned up in big numbers,” says Layzell.

One of the standout aspects of the tournament for Layzell was the crowd interaction – which he witnessed first-hand when England played.

“There was a group in the crowd with a trumpet. When (England batsmen) Allan Lamb was dismissed, they played Mary had a little lamb. The crowd loved it!”

Since the 1992 tournament, Layzell has relocated to Nelson, and he is sure the whole city will be behind ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the three matches to be hosted there.

“I wanted to volunteer because the event was coming to town. Nelsonians are very sport-minded and I’m sure it will get big support here.”

One of the lasting memories of 1992 for Layzell was the chance to “help spread the word of cricket” to overseas guests. He recalls explaining the intricacies of the game to tourists from Germany and a journalist from Alaska.

And for anyone considering becoming a volunteer in 2015, Layzell has a simple message.

“Do it! This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something big. It will be a great chance to showcase your local region, the game of cricket and New Zealand as a whole.”

There are a variety of volunteer roles available, each requiring different skills and experience. For more information, visit: www.cricketworldcup.com/volunteers