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Covid Protection Framework

NZ Cricket has released the new Covid regulations for Community Cricket.  The great news is that cricket can be played across the country at all levels of the COVID Protection Framework (CPF) with or without a COVID Vaccine Certificate process in place. To see the advice for all levels in more details from Sport New Zealand, click on the below links: 

Guiding Principles
Play Principles
Training Principles

Further information can also be found at

Some of the key considerations under the new framework are:

  • You no longer take your alert level setting with you when you travel across boundaries. When moving to a new region you play under the setting in that region
  • When within a gathering, physical distancing is no longer a requirement, however between groups there must be a distance of 2m maintained at all times
  • The new framework guidelines highlights the need for people to take ‘Reasonable Steps’ to make sure that processes and procedures are in place to keep people safe. There are obviously uncontrollable elements to outdoor community sport and this is acknowledged with the use of the term ‘Reasonable Steps’
  • Gatherings only include those on the playing field. Scorers, coaches and spectators are identified as a separate gathering. Multiple gatherings can exist at a single set of grounds but each much have their own defined space

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre Community Appeal

The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre will ensure a strong future of cricket in Christchurch by fostering growth in the sport, developing young people and creating a community-focused space in the heart of the Hagley Oval.

Our friends at the Canterbury Cricket Trust are asking the community to support the fundraising campaign by making a donation on their website

The new Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre will provide indoor training facilities for all grades and abilities of cricket, as well as many other sports codes.

There are thousands of players in Canterbury and this new facility will support and grow them through the provision of quality sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, success and aspirations.

Big or small, any contribution is gratefully received and much appreciated to grow future generations of cricketers and sportspeople.

Donate now at

Elmwood Park Nets Open

Congratulations to the Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club, who after a significant amount of work, officially opened the Paul McEwan Training Centre last weekend.

Paul is a Life Member of Old Boys Collegians as a reflection of all the time and effort he put into the Club being a groundsman and head coach of the Premier Men in years past, as well as his long serving playing career for the Club the nets have been named after him.

The Training Centre is already making a significant difference to the local cricketers, with heavy usage being reported during the hours of daylight on all days of the week.

The new pavillion construction is also making good progress at Elmwood Park and should be open sometime in the New Year.

Lancaster Park taking shape

Work to turn Lancaster Park into a green recreational space and community sports fields started back in April, and it's been a year of great progress.

As we approach 2022, when community sport will return to the area once again, here's a peek behind the fence at what has been achieved so far...

  • Broken out and crushed 214 truckloads of foundation, and buried it onsite.
  • Shaped and consolidated the base of the park with 1357 truckloads of bulk fill.
  • Brought in 1429 truckloads of granular river run material to raise the level of the site and create grades suitable for sports fields.
  • Covered the whole site with 950 truckloads of topsoil, to a depth of 20 centimetres, to grow the new turf in. The three full size, fully irrigated sports fields have been been sowed, mowed and are looking fantastic.

The plan is to reopen Lancaster Park by Anzac Day 2022 – the perfect milestone for having the historic memorial gates restored and available to the community.

In the coming months watch out for;

  • A three metre wide pathway for walking and cycling that goes around the whole perimeter of Lancaster Park.
  • A bollard and chain fence around the whole park, as well as temporary toilets and changing rooms.
  • Restoration the memorial gates.
  • A retaining wall at northern end of the park.

Te Whakamānawa: Developing Cultural Competencies

Thanks to Sport Canterbury and Core Education for providing the opportunity for three of our staff to attend a series of four workshops to increase our understanding of our bicultural heritage.

We learnt about the four articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and their relvance in todays society.  Moving forward, cricket in Canterbury look forward to embarking on a journey to encorporate our learnings into our organisational strategies and plans.

Youth Multi-Ethnic Festival

On Sunday 19 December we invite youth boys and girls from ALL ethnic commuities to a free Cricket Festival at Hagley Oval.  Play on the famous turf, and enjoy a day of fun games and activities.

The festival commences at 10am and you can register by contacting Hussain Hanif

Let's Keep it Positive

As a cricket community, we recognise that aspects of a sporting environment have the potential to change a person’s perspective on being active – for a lifetime and at its best, sport is a source of balance, fun and friendship.

Over this summer, Christchurch Metro Cricket, in collaboration with Sport Canterbury, will be encouraging players, coaches and supporters to Keep it Positive.

By supporting parents, caregivers, coaches and officials to understand the value of positivity and advocate for volunteers, we can help make sport a place we all want to be.

We are thrilled that Cricket Express have come on board to support the Keep it Positive campaign and we want to hear about people within the cricket community who are living and breathing these values.

Please send your nominations to us with reasons why they deserve recognition and those selected will win a $50 Cricket Express Voucher.

Community Cricket Player and Volunteer Support

Local organisations are getting behind Christchurch Community Cricket to help recognise volunteers and weekly performances throughout the grades.  Here are those we have recognised during the last month:

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre Volunteer of the Week
Deane McNaughton - Marist Harewood
Jenny Duncan - Selwyn Wahine
Lucy de Pass - Avonside Girls HS
Darren Stackhouse - Northy West/Burnside West
Matt Parr - Youth Cricket Advisory Group/St Andrews College

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre Presidents Grade Player of the Week
Marcus Thompson - Sumner
Sadat Abbasi - Sumner
Saurabh Mitra - East Shirley

Joe's Garage Presidents Grade Runner-up
Navjot Singh Sandu - East Shirley
Gareth Sanders - East Shirley
Grant Dickson - Burnside West

Two Fat Indians Female Player of the Week
Jacinta Savage - Lancaster Park
Yssa Cullen - St Albans
Chloe Armitage - Lancaster Park

Lone Star Male Player of the Week
Ravi Tej - Southern Districts
Sam Wijesinghe - Halswell
Ashan Wanasinghe - Old Boys Collegians

Ara Institute of Canterbury Youth Performance of the Week
George Gunn - St Bedes
Hosea Te Momo - Sydenham
Flynn Holdem - North West

Cricket Express Let's Keep it Positive Award 
Shirley Boys HS T20
Riccarton Hogs
Ben Pimm - Lancaster Park

Stats from the Top Grades

Here are the top performers in Premier Cricket so far.

Premier Women
Top Run Scorers
179 Jacinta Savage (Lancaster Park)
162 Izzy Sharp (Burnside West-North West)
136 Hayley Aburn (Old Boys Collegians)
107 Nat Cox (St Albans)
98 Emily Glennie (St Albans)

Top Wicket Takers
7 Kristy Havill (Lancaster Park)
7 Katie Morris (St Albans)
6 Caroline Morton (Lancaster Park)

35.82 Jacinta Savage (Lancaster Park)
29.06 Katie Morris (St Albans)
25.70 Izzy Sharp (Burnside West-North West)
23.25 Hayley Aburn (Old Boys Collegians)
22.63 Isla McKenzie (Sydenham)

OEM Audio Premiership
Top Run Scorers
532 Daniel Stanley (Heathcote)
372 Matt Boyle (Old Boys Collegians)
332 Scott Duggan (Lancaster Park)
311 Bevon-John Jacobs (Sydenham)
270 Tim Hampton-Matehe (East Shirley) 

Top Wicket Takers
23 Theo van Woerkom (Lancaster Park)
22 Harrison Cox (Old Boys Collegians)
18 Nathan McNicol (East Shirley)
17 Mitchell Gardner (Sydenham )
15 Will O'Rourke (Burnside West)

65.06 Matt Boyle (Old Boys Collegians)
64.55 Harrison Cox (Old Boys Collegians)
63.31 Daniel Stanley (Heathcote)
56.00 Nathan McNicol (East Shirley)
53.58 Theo van Woerkom (Lancaster Park)

Theo van Woerkom and Kristy Havill have had a great month with the ball

Partnership Opportunity

Christchurch Metro Cricket and Christchurch Junior Cricket are on the lookout for forward-thinking and progressive Strategic Partners for the 2021-22 cricket season and beyond.

We are looking for support to grow participation and enjoyment, while providing the platform for like-minded organisations to amplify and build their profile and brand to the minds of those who play, coach and support cricket.

Click here for more

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Christchurch Metro Contact Information

General Manager
Mike Harvey 027 447 6073

Operations Manager
Mike Fisher 027 286 0419

Operations Assistant 
Fred Anderson 0273290908

Development Manager
Keryn Ambler 021 105 2552

Junior Cricket Manager
Rob Wilkinson 027 664 4999

455 Hagley Avenue
PO Box 36-282, Merivale, Christchurch

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