There will be two new awards at this year’s Metro Presentation evening on Wednesday, 16 April. These acknowledge the importance to our club game of volunteers in general and these two positions in particular.
The Souter Trophy for the Christchurch Metropolitan Club Groundsman of the Year
This trophy is named after the man who prepared the first pitch at Hagley Oval. The late Dick Brittenden, doyen among New Zealand cricket writers and long-time reporter for The Press, reports “Mr Souter was the gardener for William Wood of flour mill fame. A very skilful man with lawns, Souter brought the soil by drays from the part of the park now occupied by the United Tennis Club (now renamed the Hagley Tennis Club). He also brought down turf from Dilloway’s ground (currently known as Nancy’s Corner). The turf was relaid, English grasses were sown, and history began. For a long time Souter would use nothing but a scythe on the grass. Trees were planted, wells sunk, live fences were established. The ground was ready for use in November, 1866.’
R.T.Brittenden: 100 Years of Cricket; a History of Canterbury Cricket Association 1877-1977; Papanui Press
The Peter Sharp Trophy for the Christchurch Metropolitan Club Administrator of the Year
This trophy is appropriate for Peter Sharp offered so much to the Christchurch and New Zealand cricket. While the Annual Report of Canterbury Cricket (2011-2012) carries an in-depth coverage of his life under Obituaries, Peter contributed as a player to first class level, as a radio commentator and as an administrator. In short, he was a Canterbury selector, an administrator on the Canterbury Cricket Association in various roles from 1967-2010, on the New Zealand Cricket Board of Control into the 2000s, was a Life Member of the Canterbury Cricket Association and winner of the Sutcliffe Medal for outstanding service to New Zealand cricket. Whether as a wily off spin bowler or as we listened to his easy and sonorous voice on the radio air waves, Peter’s impact and vast cricketing knowledge left a considerable legacy on the Christchurch club landscape.