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  • News The Skippers Diary Book Launch
    Created on Friday, 18 August 2017 11:44
    Sir Richard Hadlee’s father, Walter, captained the New Zealand Cricket Team on the 1949 Tour of England. This was the New Zealand team that prompted the rest of the cricketing world to sit up and take notice; enjoying great success, and promoting several players to world-class st...

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    News Canterbury Cricket Vacancy
    Created on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 11:38
    Canterbury Cricket – Capability Support Manager Canterbury Cricket are passionate about supporting the volunteers and administrators that make our summer game a success. The Capability Support Manager role has been established to support volunteers within District and Sub-Associ...

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    News CMCA Golf Day 2017
    Created on Monday, 07 August 2017 10:05
    The Christchurch Metro Cricket Golf Day will be held on October 13 at the Christchurch Golf Club. It will be an Ambrose format with a Shotgun start of 12pm. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document....

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    News Call out for Golden Oldies 2018 volunteers...
    Created on Friday, 07 July 2017 09:19
    Nearly 1,000 volunteers are needed to help the largest multi-sport event to be held in Christchurch, the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018. Peter McDermott, Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 event director said volunteers are at the heart of events li...

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    News Jeremy Curwin the New CEO of Canterbury Cricket...
    Created on Friday, 30 June 2017 08:09
    Jeremy Curwin has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Canterbury Cricket.  Jeremy Curwin replaces Lee Germon who has accepted a role as the General Manager of Sydney Thunder.    Canterbury Cricket Board Chairman, Ashley Taggart, said that Jeremy Curwin was a...

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    News Season Calendar 2017-18
    Created on Thursday, 29 June 2017 14:20
    Season Calendar 2017-18     Date Event 7 0ct Start of ALL Metro ADULT cricket except Div 1 and Div 2 Women 14-Oct 1st XI Youth cricket and Div 1 and Div 2 Women start 21-Oct Labour Saturday-cricket for all Adult and Youth grades ...

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    News Winter Training now open
    Created on Monday, 15 May 2017 11:54
    Christchurch Metro Cricket is delighted to offer a comprehensive Winter Training Programme for Year 9 to U19 boys in 2017.  Each session will be held out at the state-of-the-art New Zealand Cricket’s High Performance Centre, Lincoln University. The Winter Training Programme...

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    News CMCA Awards 2016/17
    Created on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 10:11
    Christchurch Metro Cricket have held their 2016/17 Awards evening, recognising volunteer contribution, team winners and individual award winners across all grades. The major winners for the night were Ben McCord of Lancaster Park, who claimed the men's Club Cricketer of the Year...

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    News Fulton Pulls stumps on outstanding career
    Created on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:59
    Fulton pulls stumps on outstanding career  Peter Fulton has officially announced his retirement from first class cricket.  Fulton made his Canterbury first class debut in the last match of the 2000-01 summer and has been the cornerstone of Canterbury Cricket teams sin...

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CMCA Crest no shadow

Post-Christmas is a time for the batsmen to shine

This round of the Metro Premier Two-Day competition was a round for the batsmen to come out and play and this they did in spades!

Darren Broom’s 60 not out looked a race-course certainty to claim the carwash voucher with a skilful innings on a very difficult and damp batting surface at Sydenham Park; that is, until Sydenham’s Simon Keen defied the awkward pitch. At tea, Sydenham were 133/6 with Simon on 97 not out! He left the scene with 169 runs next to his name scored off 129 balls including 18 boundaries and five sixes. He continued this batting dominance in the second innings with a breezy 43 off 31 balls including six boundaries and one six. Simon’s outstanding dual performance with the bat ensured his team registered their first outright win of the season …. and another visit to an Espresso Carwash.

At the same time similar batting carnage was occurring across the city when Burnside West’s Sam Noster bestrode the batting crease at Elmwood Park. He was at his brilliant best as he cut, hooked and drove his way to his first club century for some time. He peppered the back gardens of the residents of St Andrew’s Square with five towering sixes and 15 boundaries as he charged to 138, and a richly-deserved Espresso Carwash voucher.

Travel east to Garrick Park and you would have seen an innings of real maturity from Park’s leading batsman in Keryn Ambler as he guided his team to a dominant position (201/5) against Riccarton (117) at the end of Day one. With Park losing four early wickets, Keryn found an able lieutenant in Dean van Deventer (50) and they set about consolidating their position in the match. Another Ambler century (107) ensured another Espresso Carwash award.

A fourth significant batting performance that would determine the outcome of a Premier match was seen at Ilam 3. Despite the short boundaries at this picturesque ground, most batsmen were unsure on a slow and holding surface. An inexperinced Dan Sharples came to the wicket with his St Albans’ team in tatters at 30/5. He found batting support in his side’s tail as he consolidated, then flourished, in a mature innings that yielded 85 not out, a team total of 241, and an Espresso Carwash award as Player of the Match.