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OEM Audio to Partner with Premiership Grade

Christchurch Metro Cricket are excited to announce that we have entered into a partnership with OEM Audio, who will support the Premiership Grade for the 2021-22 season.  Company CEO Paul O'Connor is well known around the community cricket scene, having taken up umpiring following his retirement from playing some three years ago.

OEM Audio is a Christchurch-based family-owned company that specialises in replacing lower quality car audio systems with the latest technology. In-car media units with bluetooth  hands-free calling, reverse cameras,  GPS mapping, Apple Carplay and Android Auto; all suitable for most makes and models.

With over 40,000 units sold in New Zealand and Australia OEM are also New Zealand's largest supplier of electric vehicle portable charging equipment with safe charging equipment for all modern Electric Vehicles.

To help celebrate the announcement of the partnership, OEM Audio are offering a 10% discount to the community cricket family during the 2021-22 season.  When purchasing online use the BATFIRST code for a 10% discount and also mention this instore to also receive the discount.
OEM are located at  18 Coleridge Street, Sydenham and open Monday to Friday.  They also have a comprehensive website that offers a huge range of products and services online

Delay to start of 2021-22 season

Covid, once again, has impacted on the start of the club season in Christchurch. Lockdown at Alert level 4 meant that outfield renovations were delayed resulting in the start of the season moving to 9 October.

Indoor training was replaced last weekend, and tomorrow, with some pre-season matches on grass surfaces. Now to the real thing.

The OEM Audio Premiership two-day competition starts with Burnside West University hosting Riccarton. Both will be looking to establish good, early season form so as to build the necessary momentum to take into the three formats.

East Shirley has some new blood with Nathan McNicol returning from Dunedin and Matt Munro moving from Riccarton; both will add value to their bowling stocks. East are up against the powerful Old Boys Collegians team who finished so strongly back in March. Everyone in club land will welcome back David Wakefield as he leads his team onto Burwood Park following his harrowing medical event earlier in the year.

Lancaster Park host Sydenham at Garrick. Matt Bell’s charges will be looking to build further on the promise shown last season while Michael Davidson, Park’s player-coach, will want a similar response from his charges as they look to fill the very large boots of Ben McCord who is pursuing his coaching career with the Otago Volts.

The fourth match in the Premiership is between playing-through champions, St Albans who visit the lovely setting that is Heathcote Domain. The Saints, again, look powerful but the young Heathcote side who performed so well last season under fledgling captain, Jamal Sukhon continue to attract players of promise. They will be coached by former first-class cricketer and seasoned coach in Mark Landon Lane.

The Premier Women’s season continues to be shaped by the Magicians first-class schedule. These top players are so important to the growth in the club competitions as playing alongside them gives the young team mate a real opportunity to learn the intricacies of the game. The Kirsty Bond Series has been given something of a make-over with a variety of formats providing the backbone of the central part of the club season.

It is hard to look past Lancaster Park again but continued growth in Old Boys and St Albans, and a flourishing promise from both Sydenham and North-West Women will keep Park honest to the end.

Lancaster Park Women and St Albans Men will be looking to continue their strong recernt form

Covid Return-to-Play Protocols

COVID Protocol documents to support the return to play and training have been provided by NZ Cricket. These have been reviewed by Professor James Ussher at Otago University and incorporates the latest Government and Sport New Zealand guidance.
Recent advice highlights the following keys points:

- The physical distancing requirement in indoor venues and facilities is now two meters, rather than one meter. Facilities may need to further restrict numbers to help with physical distancing.

- Community sports are limited to groups of 100 outdoors and indoors. These group limits include all players and spectators (but not referees and officials).

- Mask wearing at indoor sports facilities is required apart from when you are exercising or playing sports. You do not need to wear a mask if exercising outdoors. If a sports ground has more than 1 field, you can play multiple games at the same time, as long as each group is separated. Groups should try not to mix with each other, or share common facilities such as changing rooms at the same time.

- Mandatory record keeping and QR code scanning applies to all indoor sport and recreation facilities such as recreation centres, swimming pools, gyms and sports clubrooms, as well as commercial and ticketed sport and recreation events

Click here for a full list of guidelines and supporting documents

Ara Institute of Canterbury All Nations Festival

Entries are now open for the 2021 All Nations Cricket Festival.

This will be the fifth year of the competition, proudly delivered in partnership between Christchurch Metro Cricket and the Christchurch Multicultural Council.

Games will be played on 28 November, 5 December and 12 December at the Polo Grounds on Hagley Park, with games commencing each day at 10am.

Entries close on 12 November and can be made by e-mailing Fred Anderson please include your team name and contact details.

There is no cost to enter and cricket balls are provided.

Festival and Event Nominations Open

Christchurch Metro Cricket are delighted to offer a comprehensive Festivals Programme in 2021-22.  All opportunties are registration based (self-nomination) and are open to all players aged Under 18.

There have been some changes to the pathway this season.  Many of these are with the intent to provide alignment to the Balance is Better philosophy. 

  • U15 & U17 to Year 9/10 & Year 11/12
  • Tournaments have become Festivals
  • More teams and more players involved 
  • Date changes due to Covid
To register for any of the girls' or boys' opportunties Click here

Youth Activator Vacancy

Do you know how to play?

Can you create a game, an experience, a memorable moment with what is in front of you? 

Christchurch Metro are on the lookout for Participation Activators, with a focus on Youth Cricket, to activate, engage and promote fun and social cricket playing opportunities in the wider Christchurch area during the upcoming summer.

These roles will work with Secondary Schools and Clubs to recruit and promote the game of cricket, support volunteer coaches and deliver meaningful sessions for players

Click here for more

Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Christchurch Metro Cricket (CMCA) will take place on 13 October, 6pm at the Sydenham Cricket Clubrooms on Brougham Street.

This will be the ninth AGM of the CMCA and all interested parties are welcome to attend.

Members will be asked to vote for directors and ensorse Heather Steele as the new President.

We are also pleased to induct three Life Members in Paul Case, David Grocott and Ray Steele.

Club Registrations Open

Registrations are now being taken for the 2021-22 cricket season by clubs all across Christchurch.

Players are reminded to register via CricHQ, which will enable clubs to set-up teams to enable live scoring once the season commenced.

There are grades to suit all ages and abilities and ther season starts on 9 October.

Click here to link to club registration pages and get your name down.

Unsure about where you might play?

Contact Christchurch Metro Cricket for more details

Gillette Venus Cup Final
Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre

The AM Show talked to Sir Richard Hadlee last week about the Sports Centre Legacy project happening at Hagley Oval.

Sir Richard talked about the positive impact it will have on the community and how the community can support the project. The Centre will provide thousands of players of many sports, young and old, of all abilities, easy access to a central city world-class facility to train in.

Be part of the legacy and help us bring the this project to fruition.

You can donate at
Sir Richard Hadlee Interview

Robbie's Riccarton Twilight Entries now open

Christchurch Metro Cricket are pleased to announce that Robbie’s Riccarton Twilight Cricket entries for the coming season are now open.

Games will commence on Monday 8 November and will continue each Monday until mid-March.

All matches are played at Hagley Park, commencing at 6pm, with umpires and balls provided and with a soft ball used; bats are the only essential equipment.

Games are scored live online so you can always keep track of what is happening.

With 8 players on each team and each innings lasting 15 overs, there is plenty of fun and fast action to help fitness and team building.  Games are completed within 90 minutes.

Click here for more information and to register a team


Community Coaching Course

On Sunday 10 October there will be an Ethnic Community coaching course delivered by Richard Pithey.  This is a Free NZ Cricket accredited course introducing participants to the NZ Cricket Coaches pathway.  Registration can be secured by clicking on thea QR code or contacting 

Coach Development Opportunities

There will be a compresensive programme of Coach Development opportunities during the coming months.  All coaches must have the appropriate qualifications that align with the level they coach, be Police Vetted and registered on the NZ Cricket Coaches database.

More information

Dates and venues for upcoming opportunities:

Foundation / Advanced Foundation Practical’s
•             Sunday 10th October @ Chch Netball Centre – 10.00 – 12.00 (AF)
•             Monday 18th October @ Halswell Domain - 6.00 -7.00 (F) 6.00 – 8.00 (AF)
•             Wednesday 20th  October @ Burwood Park – 6.00 -7.00 (F) 6.00 – 8.00 (AF)
•             Wednesday 27th October @ Sydenham Park – 6.00 -7.00 (F) 6.00 – 8.00 (AF)
Development (Level One) Practical’s
1st , 8th, and 15th November – 5.30-8.30, venue St Bede’s College Gymnasium
Foundation and Advanced Foundation Extension Modules
•             17th Nov (Wed): (Junior Softball): Rolleston (Brookside Park), 6 - 7pm
•             22nd Nov (Mon): (Junior Softball): Christchurch (venue TBC), 6 - 7pm
•             24th Nov (Wed): (Junior Hardball): Rolleston (Brookside Park), 6 - 7pm
•             29th Nov (Mon): (Junior Hardball): Christchurch (venue TBC) 6 - 7pm

Contact Keryn Ambler to register

Women in Leadership

Come and hear from three inspiring leaders about their experiences in the male-dominated fields of sport and technology and learn how they overcame challenges to succeed in their chosen careers. Proudly brought to you by Ara Institute of Canterbury and Canterbury Cricket.
5.30pm-7pm, 3 November 2021
Find out more and register at

Ara Institute of Canterbury Scholarships

Applications for the 2022 Christchurch Metro Cricket Ara Scholarships are now open.

Scholarships are available for any cricketer studying at Ara who is a New Zealand Resident and playing for a Christchurch Metro Cricket Club.

Scholarships are available for full-time, part-time, online or distance programmes at Ara.  There are more than 150 study options to chose from ranging from certificates to degrees and graduate diplomas in a wide variety of subjects.

Click here for an Application Form

Inaugural Ara Scholarship Student, Hannah Foster

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

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

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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