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Royals display cricket skills

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed their handy with a bat and ball during a cricket match in Christchurch.

Today, the royally glamorous good sports took each other on over a game of cricket in Christchurch.

And although William picked up some bowling tips from cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee, he still delivered the Duchess of Cambridge a wide ball during the mini-match.

In response, Catherine teased her husband by grinning widely and waggling her finger.

Despite being dressed in a tight skirt and three-inch heels, she adopted a classic batting stance as the ball flew far to the left, drawing a cry from the crowd.


William's next three deliveries to Catherine were more on target, two of which she hit with the plastic yellow bat.

Then it was William's turn.

"Be nice," the Duke called to his young bowlers over his shoulder as he headed for the bat.

"Good ball," he said after missing the first bowl.

The second, he hit low and flat.

"I'm trying," he told the excited fielders.

The Duke thrilled the crowd with two high shots, but managed to escape without being caught out.

The couple was gifted two New Zealand cricket shirts and a New Zealand cricket 'onesie' for Prince George.

Hadlee said afterwards he was pleased to see the couple participate in the mini-match.

"She's a hockey player. There was a bit of a hockey grip there," he said of the Duchess' batting stance. As for William: "It's not a very wide pitch, there was no warm-up, and he bowled with a jacket on. I was impressed," Hadlee said.

Catherine red Laura Spagnoli outfit was a visual tribute to the Christchurch earthquake. She first wore it in 2011 at St Andrew's in Scotland, three days after the earthquake devastated Christchurch.

It was the couple's second contest of the tour, after Catherine whitewashed the prince in Team New Zealand yachts in Auckland on Friday.

Fairfax NZ