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Beyond the Rope

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre set to open in June

With the new Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre building set to open in a few weeks, we look back at some of the history of the building;

Dick Brittenden in his book detailing Canterbury Cricket from 1877 to 1977 said “One of Canterbury cricket’s finest assets is the indoor school at the Hagley Sports Centre – valuable in terms of property, very valuable in winter and evening practicing and coaching” (page 72).

As early as 1954, the idea of an indoor school for cricket was mentioned at management committee meetings. To that point, randomly, a lonely wool store or tannery would be converted in some crude fashion to facilitate cricket practice. George Hamilton, Jack Saunders and Tony MacGibbon led the charge with possible sites for consideration including Lancaster Park, Queen Elizabeth II Park and Hagley Park. Bill Merritt (indoor school) and Morrie Moffit (architect) became involved.

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Bookings are available for clubs, schools and individuals by contacting the following e-mail address 

A view from inside the indoor centre


After eight years, NZC has decided to move its grassroots participation platform requirements away from CricHQ and to Australian-based provider PlayHQ. 

NZC Head of Community Cricket Kent Stead said, after a number of years listening to feedback and investigating alternative platforms with Cricket Australia, it was decided this was the right time for a move.

“It’s an important development for Community Cricket in New Zealand and one that will support NZC’s ongoing work to be an “insights and data led” sport,” said Mr Stead. “PlayHQ will be the platform used for player and programme registrations, competition management, live scoring and club management from the 2022/23 season onwards.”

Mr Stead acknowledged that, in terms of such a significant change, there would need to be support and onboarding provided for all levels of cricket.

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Busy time for pitch renovations

The last month has been a busy time for local grounds staff, as they complete post-season renovation work and bed down pitches to regenerate over the winter and spring.

A typical renovation would involve cutting down the block, verticutting to remove the thatch, adding new clay and seed around the foot marks and batting creases, fertilze and add a dusting of clay over the entire block.

Those around the grounds over winter will notice the blocks are fenced off from winter sport to allow for the recovery to take place.

Huge thanks to Chris Lewis and the team at Terrafirma Turf who have completed the bulk of the renovations, to the CCC who provide the oversight on the grounds, the Hagley Oval grounds team who get the Oval and outer grounds at Hagley looking sparkling and to the club volunteers who have completed their own work.

Premier Women's Team of the Year

Each season our selection panel pick the best team of 12 players from within the competition. The team must be a balanced side and is based on performances across all one-day and Kirsty Bond Series.

We are delighted to announce the following players as members of the team of the year.

Hayley Aburn – Old Boys Collegians
Melissa Banks - Old Boys Collegians
Jodie Dean – St Albans
Kristy Havill – Lancaster Park
Abigail Hotton – Burnside West University/North West
Isla McKenzie - Sydenham
Charlotte Morton - Lancaster Park
Sarah Parker - Lancaster Park
Darcy Prasad - Sydenham
Jacinta Savage - Lancaster Park
Izzy Sharp - Burnside West/ UniversityNorth West
Kaylee Tavendale - St Albans

Premier Men's Team of the Year

Each season our selection panel pick the best team of 12 players from within the competition. The team must be a balanced side and is based on performances across all three formats.

We are delighted to announce the following players as members of the team of the year for the 2021-22 season.

Matt Boyle – Old Boys Collegians
Jeff Case - Old Boys Collegians
Harrison Cox - Old Boys Collegians
Scott Duggan – Lancaster Park
Mitchell Gardner - Sydenham
Nicholas Hendrie – St Albans
Matt Hay – Burnside West University
Aaron Johnstone - St Albans
Daniel Stanley - Heathcote
Alex Tait - Burnside West University
James Tapper - St Albans
Theo van Woerkom - Lancaster Park


Congratulations to Old Boys Collegians Premier Women and St Albans Premier Men who claimed the main trophies in the last two weeks of the season.

Old Boys Collegians beat Lancaster Park in the Women's final with St Albans Men winning the OEM Audio two-day competition on the final afternoon of the season.

Ara Institute of Canterbury Scholarships

Christchurch Metro Cricket have teamed up with the Ara Institute of Canterbury to offer Cricket Scholarships to up and coming female and male players.

The scholarship is open to all registered players who are minimum age of 16 years old. Scholarships are available for full time, part time and online/distance Ara offerings.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet all of the following conditions.

  • Be a registered member of a CMCA affiliated club
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Have met the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme (refer to website)
  • Meet any other requirements for the specific scholarship you are applying for (refer to website)
  • You must be studying with Ara or TANZ eCampus

Current Ara Scholar Casey Liddington had this to say about her scholarship;

"This scholarship has created many opportunities for me, being able to relax and not stress about my student loan in the future. It has allowed me to dedicate more time to studying as well as cricket. I would recommend to anyone playing cricket and studying at Ara to apply!"

Click here for more, including an application form

Hear more about the Ara and CMCA Partnership

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, has recognised players, coaches and supporters who have Kept it Positive.

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

Thanks to Cricket Express who were on board to support the Keep it Positive campaign alive.  Each winner during the season recieved a $50 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.  Below are those we have recognised during the last month:

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre Volunteer of the Week
Josh Bates - Lancaster Park
Gemma Dixon - Halswell
David/Steve Wakefield - Old Boys Collegians

Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre Presidents Grade Player of the Week
Nathan Columbus - Merivale Papanui
Karan Shevde - East Shirley
Robin James - St Albans

Joe's Garage Presidents Grade Runner-up
Richard Mather - St Albans 
Nathan Columbus - Merivale Papanui
Brad Hill - St Albans

Two Fat Indians Female Player of the Week
Ash Whittaker - Heathcote
Charlotte Morton - Lancaster Park
Missy Banks - Old Boys Collegians

Lone Star Male Player of the Week
Sam Gillespie - Merivale Papanui
Darcy Hughes - Southern Districts
Adam Green - Richmond
Eddie Templeton - Richmond

Ara Institute of Canterbury Youth Performance of the Week
Sam Cook - Christ's College
Charlie Croy - St Bede's College
Corbyn McClurg - Christchurch Boys' High School

Stats from the Top Grades

Here are the top performers in Premier Cricket from throughout the season.  Those in bold were recipients of end of season awards, recognising their outstanding achievements from throughout the year. 

Premier Women
Top Run Scorers
423 Izzy Sharp (Burnside West University-North West)
287 Sarah Parker (Lancaster Park)
223 Isla McKenzie (Sydenham)
213 Jacinta Savage (Lancaster Park)
188 Jodie Dean (St Albans)

Top Wicket Takers
16 Isla McKenzie (Sydenham)
16 Missy Banks (Old Boys Collegians)

15 Kaylee Tavendale (St Albans)
15 Abigale Hotton (Burnside West University/North West)
14 Charlotte Morton (Lancaster Park)

80.86 Jacinta Savage (Lancaster Park)
76.48 Missy Banks (Old Boys Collegians)
72.28 Isla McKenzie (Sydenham)
70.72 Izzy Sharp (Burnside West University-North West)
48.53 Jodie Dean (St Albans)

OEM Audio Premiership Men
Top Run Scorers
1021 Daniel Stanley (Heathcote)
750 Scott Duggan (Lancaster Park)
701 Nicholas Hendrie (St Albans)
690 Jeff Case (Old Boys Collegians)
664 Tim Hampton-Matehe (East Shirley)

Top Wicket Takers
53 Harrison Cox (Old Boys Collegians)
47 Mitchell Gardner (Sydenham)
46 Matthew Hay (Burnside West)
44 James Tapper (St Albans)
44 Alex Tait (Burnside West University)

176.98 Matthew Hay (Burnside West University)
151.47 Harrison Cox (Old Boys Collegians)
151.14 Matt Boyle (Old Boys Collegians)
146.80 Tyler Lortan (St Albans)
141.30 Jack Harper (St Albans)

Matt Hay and Jacinta Savage were the respective MVP's

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.

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Free CMCA App

The CMCA now have a Mobile App for notices, events and other messages and information.  Cancellation and draw notices will be pushed out to all who download the App. Be the first to know what is happening!

Download for free in the App Store or Google Play Store by clicking on the link below

Christchurch Metro Contact Information

General Manager
Mike Harvey 027 447 6073

Operations Manager
Mike Fisher 027 286 0419

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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