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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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New beginnings, a new home and now a new team for Canterbury, with the domestic

Twenty20 side formerly known as the “Wizards” to be re-branded as the “Kings” - complete

with a royal makeover of purple and gold uniforms.


At the same time, the names of the Major Association’s first-class and one-day teams will be

re-emphasised and re-badged as “Canterbury” – to recognise the traditional roots and

importance of those sides.

Canterbury Cricket Association chief executive Lee Germon says the repackaging exercise

was designed to recognise the vast difference between the more commercially-oriented

Twenty20 competition, and the established traditions of the first-class and one-day teams.

“We believe it’s the perfect time to rebrand and re-position our T20 side to make the best

possible use of current commercial opportunities,” said Germon.

“We are making a clear distinction between our T20 side, and our Plunket Shield and Ford

Trophy teams, both of which will drop the “Wizards” moniker, revert to the traditional name

of “Canterbury”, and receive a newly-designed coat of arms.”

Germon said the makeover of Canterbury’s Twenty20 side mimics developments in

Australia’s Big Bash competition, where all participating teams have names and colours

different to that of their state outfits.

The name Kings was chosen for two reasons: 1) it represented the strength and resilience of

the Canterbury region and people, and 2) it embodied the attributes the team wants to be

known for: power, dominance and courage.

As for the colours, purple and gold were connected to royalty and nobility; were popular

with the younger generation and were distinct from the “red and black” marketed

throughout the region.

“One of the problems we have in Canterbury is that the market is saturated with red and

black brands, some of them with far greater resources than we have”, said Germon. “It’s a

difficult environment in which to gain traction.

“Switching to completely different colours offers us opportunities to stand out and be

recognised, and with that, the chance to grow our product.”