New Delhi: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was almost hit by a bouncer bowled by her husband on Monday in New Zealand but she ducked in time to avoid injury.
The couple was in Christchurch to publicize the Cricket World Cup, which comes to the city in 2015, when they were roped into an impromptu knockabout.
Dressed in a scarlet skirt suit and vertiginous black platform suede heels, Kate, 32, stepped gingerly onto the grass at the city's Latimer Square and took up her yellow plastic bat.
Her husband was in a mood to show his fast bowling skills as he took a run up and bowled, according to onlookers, 'a wild full toss' past her head.
Undeterred, the Duchess stepped up again only to be bowled one off-stump by her husband. Fortunately she managed to strike it to mid off.
Unfortunately she managed to miss two further balls, before handing the bat over in favour of watching from the sidelines.
Her husband, a keen player in his youth, struck several balls bowled to him by local schoolchildren fairly impressively - once one again sailing close to his wife's head.
She bowled two balls to William. 'The first ball was too high, a lot too high. My second ball was much better. He hit it, someone fielded it, no runs. I felt a bit better after that ball. He was pretty good.'