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Beyond the Rope

Ric Horsfall's cricket journey

Ric Horsfall resigned from the Christchurch Metro Cricket Board earlier this year after serving on the inaugural Board established in 2012. He had been Chairman for a period but there is a requirement that he cannot hold that position while also serving on the Board of Canterbury Cricket. In order to oversee a smooth transition, he resigned that position as required but remained for a final year to support the incoming Chairman.

Ric's time at the CMCA added to a lengthy contribution to Community Cricket commencing at Bamford Primary school and contiuing at Linwood College and the Lancaster Park Cricket Club.  He is set to continue that contribution in coming years with Canterbury Cricket.

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Ric in full flight

Grounds report

Having just completed our annual pitch audit throughout the cricket parks of Christchurch, we found them in indecent good health.

As expected, the club pitches were very good with an even cover of grass growth. But it was the Council-prepared pitches that also caught the eye. We have requested that the Council specifications provided to the contractor involve more preparation time. Hagley Corner, as usual, looked excellent while Burnside, Heathcote and Burwood shone through. It was good to note that the clubs, by using pig tails and soft tape, gave important protection to their blocks during the winter months. Beckenham, in particular, looked very good for the coming season.

A number of the school grounds will benefit from a later start to their season.

Beckenham Park
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.

Mace Tour coming to Christchurch Tomorrow

The BLACKCAPS will carry their ICC World Test Championship trophy, the Mace, on a week-long, nationwide tour of New Zealand and will be in Christchurch tomorrow as part of the tour.

Members of the public have an opportunity to be photographed with the unique trophy and collect autographs.

NZC’s intent is to also have the Mace on display at every BLACKCAPS home international game this summer.

The Mace will be visiting the Town Hall between 1-3pm tomorrow and we look forward to seeing Tom Latham, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle and Gary Stead at the event.

Lancaster Park Site Blessing

Today marked an important milestone in the redevelopment of Lancaster Park to Community Sports Fields with the official blessing of the site.

The redevelopment is in full swing with the cricket block nearing completion as you can see from the photo below.

Lancaster Park Cricket Block

CMCA on the Move

Christchurch Metro Cricket along with Canterbury Cricket and the Christchurch Junior Cricket Association will be moving out of the current Hazeldean Road offices when the lease expires at the end of August.

We will be moving to the Netball Centre at Hagley Park, 455 Hagley Avenue on 1st September.

First Aid Courses
The CJCA and CMCA have facilitated two First Aid Courses leading into the 2021/22 season - we'd like to give our volunteers, coaches and managers an opportunity to book into these courses.  
Please register by following the links below.
Course 1 - Tuesday 14th September 2021 (all day) - First Aid Course 1 - Tuesday 14th September 2021
Course 2 - Sunday 19th September 2021 (all day) - First Aid Course 2 - Sunday 19th September 2021
Cost is $125 per person (including GST) and would be invoiced  in the week leading up to the Course.  Participants will be asked for details of who should be invoiced for this fee on the Registration Form.
Both Courses are all day events which will start at approximately 8.30am-9am.

Roger Wyeth Move
Roger has given his last decision on the cricket fields of Christchurch with his retirement and, consequently, his return to his family roots that exist in Karatane just north of Dunedin.

Roger’s education was at Otago Boys’ High School where he played in their 1st XI for two years as a batting all-rounder. On leaving school, he joined the University Cricket Club in 1969 and played at Senior Reserve level. From 1970 to 1980 he played Senior Grade cricket with the likes of Otago stalwarts Keith Campbell, Glen Turner, Ray Hutchison and Murray and Richard Webb. His sporting endeavours saw Roger take over 200 senior wickets.

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Elmwood Pavilion

The Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club are making excellent progress with the rebuild of the new pavilion at Elmwood Park.  The bulldozers have been through the old building and the site is cleared, with construction of the new pavilion getting underway shortly.

Things are still on track for the new building to be completed by the end of 2021.

                          From this.............                                                             To This

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.

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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

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

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