Twenty20 cricket may last only three hours, but for one South Canterbury teenager it promises to be three hours he will never forget.

Jamie Trezise has been chosen to be the Canterbury Wizards’ 13th man for their domestic Twenty20 match against Central Districts at Aorangi Oval tomorrow night.

The 13-year-old said he was “amazed” to be chosen.

“Out of all the people they could have picked, they chose me.”

The talented wicket-keeper and batsman said he was looking forward to meeting Black Caps fast-bowler Chris Martin the most.

“He’s a pretty good bowler.”

Trezise has played cricket for two years, and plays A grade for Celtic in the local competition.

He said he was looking forward to seeing the game after missing the one-dayer between Canterbury and Otago held at the ground on New Year’s Eve.

He was keen to see the unpredictable nature of cricket’s shortest form up close, he said.

His favourite player is Black Caps wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum.

South Canterbury Cricket Association administration officer Graeme Broker said it was an excellent opportunity for Trezise and one he deserved.

“It’s a great chance for a young cricketer to experience what domestic cricket is like, and we are thankful to have been given the opportunity to nominate someone.”

Broker said Trezise would sit with the Canterbury Wizards squad, help out with 12th man duties, such as the drinks break, and get to keep the Canterbury Wizards playing shirt he will be given to wear. Trezise is planning to play for a Timaru Boys’ High School when he starts at the school this year, which will see him play two games of cricket on Saturdays during summer.

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