IT was the opportunity of a lifetime in Invercargill on Sunday when The Amazing Mace tour came to the city on Sunday, celebrating the Black Caps’ victory at the ICC World Test Championship.
Staunch cricket fans waited in drizzly rain to get a glimpse of the Mace and to meet Black Caps Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry and Henry Nicholls at the Southland Cricket Association indoor centre at Queens Park.
Among them were Duffy’s grandmother Valerie Affleck and mother Wendy Affleck.
Wendy felt a sense of pride that both the trophy and her son were there.
“Southland is very proud, we’re very proud. We spent a lot of time on cricket fields around Southland and Otago watching.”
For 12-year-old Kalai Carran (pictured with Jacob Duffy) it was a dedicated trip from Te Anau to meet the players.
The cricket player and fan had watched the final with his grandfather.
“It was exciting, it was really good to watch,” he said.
The tour started at Whangarei earlier last week and concluded in Invercargill on Sunday.
Photo and report Karen Pasco