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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 50 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

Week Delay to season due to Covid

The Christchurch City Council have informed Metro Cricket that they have withdrawn all cricket grounds from any play on Saturday 2 October due to their contractors not being able to complete their outfield renovation programme because of the recent lockdown restrictions.

We wish to thank the Christchurch City Council and in particular John Furlong and Angela Leatharby for supporting the CMCA and Clubs with enabling grounds work to commence during the Level 3 restrictions as we work towards the start of the season.
The starting date for all CMCA adult club  grades is now Saturday 9 October.
With the deadline for entries now passed, the CMCA are pleased to note an increase of adult teams of 3%.  In particular Presidents and the Cavaliers T20 competition have seen an increase in numbers.

Club Registrations Now 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 in 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

Social Cricket on Hagley Oval
Cricket Express 

Christchurch Metrto Cricket are excited to have confirmed a partnership with Cricket Express for the coming summer.

Cricket Express is a retailer specialising in the sale of all things related to the great sport of cricket. If you need it for cricket, they will have it. If they don’t have it, their highly-trained staff and friendly shop managers will get it for you.

They stock all the major cricket brands and also offer many products that are exclusive in New Zealand to Cricket Express. Cricket Express offer full cricket bat knocking-in and repair services at all branches. 

Watch out this summer as Cricket Express will be supporting a weekly award for players showing positive behavioural attitudes.

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


Pre-season Fast Bowling Tips

With the cricket season not too far away, it is getting to the time to think about pre-season preparations.  During the early part of the season it is all too common for bowlers (pace bowlers especially) to get back injuries, often due to their increase in bowling load.  Youth cricketers are at further risk of injury due to their periods of rapid growth and pre-matured bone density. However, there are ways to help mitigate the chances of injury by preparing your body for bowling before and during the season.

All professional cricketers (bowlers) will follow a personally designed ‘bowling loading’ programme to prepare themselves for the season or a tour.  This incrementally increases the number of balls bowled per week as well as increases the intensity.  This is a similar theory to how a runner may prepare for their first marathon.

Click below for a bowling-loading plan

Bowling Load Plan

Volunteer for Women's World Cup

We’re calling on Aotearoa locals to help deliver the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 as a tournament-time volunteer.

In 2022, New Zealand will host the ICC Women’s World Cup for the third time, and the 12th instalment overall. This is the pinnacle of women’s cricket globally, and an opportunity for you to join the team behind the tournament. The best cricketers in the world will go head-to-head in six cities across New Zealand – Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – and we’re calling on locals interested in volunteering at the matches during the tournament.
Up to 750 volunteers are expected to join the ‘CWC22 Crew’ as we stage cricket’s pinnacle event with 31 matches being played as many action-packed days. The CWC22 Crew will be needed in a wide range of roles, each of which requires a different set of skills and experience. 

Click here to apply

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

Development Manager
Keryn Ambler 021 105 2552

Junior Cricket Manager
Rob Wilkinson 027 664 4999

14 Hazeldean Road
PO Box 36-282, Merivale, Christchurch

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