"I really enjoyed meeting the captains and having my photo taken with them both. It was great to get close to the wicket too. Im a big Derbyshire fan and will be cheering them on today!"
Max Bolton, aged 10, was the lucky winner of a competition hosted by local leading global supply chain service provider, Pattonair, to be the match mascot for the Aston Lark Tourist Fixture between Derbyshire and Australia.
He got the chance to get up close with the Aussies as they began the Tour Match between the third and fourth Ashes Tests.
In an unforgettable day, lucky Max watched the coin toss and had his photo taken with the two captains before heading off home happy with a signed bat and shirt. His family also enjoyed complimentary tickets to the well-attended, prestigious match.
Max, from Derby said: “I really enjoyed meeting the captains and having my photo taken with them both. It was great to get close to the wicket too. I’m a big Derbyshire fan and will be cheering them on today!”
Former Australian captain Steve Smith was returning to action at the ground following the concussion he suffered during the second Test at Lord’s earlier this month. This is Australia’s first visit to Derby since 2015.
Pattonair Chief Executive Wayne Hollingshead said the company was thrilled to be involved in the mascot competition.
He said: “Since we took over the naming rights for Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s ground earlier this year, we have been placing particular emphasis on sporting initiatives – which is why we wanted to offer a local youngster this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The match will continue into Friday and Saturday, as part of the Aston Lark Tourist Fixture, with the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc all named in the Ashes squad.