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Beyond the Rope

Wet Start to the season

As we know this season has been dogged by poor weather leading into the weekends which has necessitated a series of cancellations of various grades.  We have had considerable feedback from players and administrators alike.  We wish to assure players and supporters that Christchurch Metro Cricket (CMCA) is doing its utmost to ensure cricket is played on the weekends.
The process commences in late July when the CMCA and its Turf Advisor visit every cricket ground in Christchurch to prepare a pitch audit. In August, we discuss the state of the pitches and outfields with the Christchurch City Council (CCC). They prepare a set of specifications for its two contractors (Delta and Recreational Services) who then carry out the outfield and block renovations in late August-September. There is a strong emphasis on the outfield mowing programme including the avoidance of wind rows.
Since the season has begun, the CMCA has conducted weekly inspections of the grounds commencing on a Tuesday and continuing until Friday or Saturday.  The 14 CCC pitches were made available on October 22nd for the first time this season (but were then withdrawn due to the poor weather) and the six Ilam pitches have only been available on two playing days. 
When required, pitches are inspected from 6.45am on a Saturday morning by the CMCA who will co-ordinate with contacts in east and west Christchurch to discuss conditions before a decision is made. If a cancellation is required, the Metro website is updated, the Metro Facebook is used, and Newstalk ZB contacted.  Owing to grounds being withdraw on Thursdays or Fridays we have not been in a position to make these decisions prior to Saturday in some cases.
The state of early season outfields
Ball dominating bat in early rounds

With an average score of just 110 per innings in the Canterbury Glass Premier Men's Two day competition it is clear that the ball has dominated bat in early rounds.

Damp spring weather, coupled with early season grass growth, has led to seamer friendly pitches and slow outfields.

Sydenham, last seasons winners, currently sit on top with Riccarton and Old Boys Collegians snapping at their heals as we move into the One day competition.  

After two rounds of one-day cricket, St Albans, Old Boys Collegians and East Christchurch Shirley remain unbeaten and, with a double header this weekend, the shape of the competition could be well set.

In the Printable Senior A competition Halswell and Heathcote have hit the ground running in the Two day competition while Merivale Papanui have their noses in front in the One day.

In the Carter Consultants Premier Women Lancaster Park-East Shirley have sown good early form, closely followed by Old Boys Collegians, St Albans and Sydenham.

Cricket Live Day

For the second year, the Cricket Live Foundation linked with Metro Cricket Premier Men’s One Day competition last weekend at Burnside Oval.
Wet weather did not deter the volunteers from erecting marquees and picket fences on Reserve Day Sunday and grounds supervisor Dave Robertson did a superb job in ensuring that the occasion went off without a hitch; even the sun shone on Sunday.
Alex Reese, Foundation Director, from his temporary base in London, was extremely grateful to his band of volunteers, headed by James Richards, as the day raised $5000 to help improve the lives of young Sri Lankans through cricket and life skills.
Hagley Oval Test Breakfast

The first morning of any test match is always one of anticipation and hope. This is especially so when we have as our home venue one of the newest test grounds in the world.  

There is nothing better than to gather early on the first morning of a Test Match, mix with friends, watch the groundsmen remove the covers and make final preparations, see the teams arrive and celebrate the occasion with entertaining stories. The speaker will be Stephen Boock who has recently returned from India accompanying the BLACKCAPS.

Join us for breakfast and hear an entertaining speaker.  
  • Location:  Members' Lounge in Hadlee Pavilion, Hagley Oval, 63 Riccarton Ave.
  • When:  Thursday 17 November 2016 – breakfast will be served from 7:45am – 9.30am.
  • Price:  $50.00 per-person and includes a luxe express breakfast with tea and coffee and a glass of bubbles.  
  • Note: For non-members or those not holding a guest pass, entry to the breakfast does not provide ground entry or Member's Lounge access after 9.30am.  A separate ground entry ticket will be required and must be either pre-purchased or purchased at the Ticketek Box Office at the gate.  
To book please email
Stats from the first month of the season

It has been a wet start to the season and the bowlers have been on top.  Have a look at who the best performers have been in the first month.

Printable Senior A
Top Run Scorers
203 Geoff Barclay (Hals)
125 Matt House (Heath)
111 Matt McClintock (Hals)
104 C Grey (Heath)
100 D Eathorne (Hals)

Top Wicket Takers
20 Ben Cochrane (LP-A)
13 Nathan Columbus (MP)
13 Grant Stewart (Heath)
13 Brendon Wellington (Sum)
13 Simon Crawford (NB)

64.0 Ben Cochrane (LP-A)
50.8 Geoff Barclay (Hals)
38.9 Simon Crawford (NB)
38.7 Nathan Columbus (MP)
34.8 Grant Stewart (Heath)

Carter Consultants Premier Women
Top Run Scorers
133 Haley Banks (OBC)
122 Laura Hughes (LP-ES)
100 Carolyn Esterhuizen (Syd)
97 Frances Mackay (LP-ES)
87 Natalie Cox (St A)

Top Wicket Takers
9 Frances Mackay (LP-ES)
8 Gabby Sullivan (St A)
8 Eden Pettigrew (Syd)
7 Hana Mauafu (LP-ES)

36.4 Frances Mackay (LP-ES)
32.7 Gabby Sullivan (St A)
29.4 Laura Hughes (LP-ES
24.0 Katie Morris (St A)
23.7 Hana Mauafu (LP-ES)

Canterbury Glass Premier Men
Top Run Scorers
219 Greg Dawson (St A) 
165 Cam Hawkins (BWU) 
153 Scott Duggan (LP)
152 Cole McConchie (Ricc)
136 Liam Bartholomeusz (Ricc)

Top Wicket Takers
11 Logan van Beek (OBC)
11 James Tapper (St A)
11 Braden Gardner (Syd)
11 Mitchell Gardner (Syd)
10 Ben Rapson (Ricc)
10 Theo van Woerkom (LP)
10 Tim Johnston (ES)
10 Ben Brady (OBC)
10 Josh Milne (ES)

50.3 Logan van Beek (OBC)
37.7 Braden Gardner (Syd)
34.4 James Tapper (St A)
32.4 Mitchell Gardner (Syd)
31.4 Ben McCord (LP)

Logan van Beek of Old Boys Collegians tops the Canterbury Glass Premier Men MVP
Frances Mackay leads the Carter Consultants premier Women MVP
Langrope hits 200

Congratulations to Ben Langrope, who last week became the 10th player to reach the milestone of 200 Premier Men's games for the St Albans Cricket Club. He reached the mark playing in a one-dayer against Sydenham at Burnside Park, coincidentally the same venue he played his 100th Premier game back in December 2010.

Ben first played for the club as a 16-year-old while still at Christchurch Boys' High School, after being drafted into the squad which went to the National Club Championships in Auckland in 2005. He made an immediate impression in his maiden game for the club; striking 61 off 69 balls after coming in at 80/7 and then took 3-28 to beat Hamilton's Fraser Technical almost single-handedly. The following season he made his official Premier debut in Christchurch Metro cricket.

Ben Langrope with his 200 Club St Albans Cap
CMCA Now on Twitter

Christchurch Metro Cricket have joined Twitter for the 2016-17 season.

Follow us @ChchMetroCric

Keep up to date with the latest news, cancellations and score updates from around the grounds on a Saturday afternoon


The 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association (CMCA) was held at the Hadlee Pavilion, Hagley Park on October 12th.

The highlights of the meeting included the announcement of a small surplus, the induction of three new Life Members (Tim Murdoch, Lesley Murdoch and Bernie Hamilton) and the selection of three Board members from an outstanding pool of nominated candidates.

Acting Chairman Ric Horsfall was pleased to announce to the members a surplus for the year of $26,000.00.  He acknowledged the support of the Canterbury Cricket Association (CCA) and a number of funding and strategic partners who had helped contribute to the result.

Rob Dixon and Fergus Smith were both re-elected to the CMCA Board and a new Board member, Jackie Behrnes, was also elected by the members.  Jackie replaces Ashley Taggart who stood down due to his involvement with the CCA Board.  Ashley was acknowledged for his significant contribution to the Board, including holding the post of Chairperson for the last three years.

NZC Cup and Shield Local Finals

Congratulations to Heaton Boys' and Girls' who won the Canterbury NZ Cup and Shield finals and will represent Canterbury at the National playoffs.  Medbury finished as runner- up in the Boys' and Cobham in the Girls'.
Christchurch Metro Contact Information

General Enquiries (03) 281 8948
Mike Harvey (03) 281 8949
Mike Fisher (03) 281 8961
Keryn Ambler (03) 281 8963

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