13 April 201410:58

Royal couple picks up bat and ball to celebrate ICC Cricket World Cup

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have this morning attended an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 event as part of their visit to tournament host city Christchurch.

Royal couple picks up bat and ball to celebrate ICC Cricket World Cup - Cricket News

The Duchess of Cambridge shows her cricketing skills in Christchurch

The Royal couple was briefed on the role of Christchurch in the event – it is the venue for the opening ceremony and Hagley Oval will host three pool matches, including the opening game – and joined cricketing legends and 28 local school children in a game of cricket.

They were hosted at the event by ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Head of New Zealand Therese Walsh and Lee Germon, CEO of Canterbury Cricket.

The school children represented seven primary and intermediate schools from across Christchurch: Bromley Primary School, Cashmere Primary School, Christchurch South Intermediate, Fernside Primary School, Kirkwood Intermediate, Our Lady of Fatima Primary School and St Albans Primary School.

The New Zealand and Canterbury cricketing legends were led by the only two New Zealanders to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame: Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley.

Commenting on today’s event, Ms Walsh said: “This has been an amazing celebration of cricket and Christchurch’s role in the ICC Cricket World Cup. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to explain the city’s role to their Royal Highnesses.”