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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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    News St Bedes Colts off to NZCT Nationals
    Created on Friday, 24 March 2017 15:18
    After beating Christchurch Boys High School in a closely fought final of the regional tournament held last month, the St Bede’s College Colts Cricket Team’s reward is an invitation to the NZCT Junior Secondary School Boys National Competition, to be held in Palmerston North durin...

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    News CMCA Side named for Mid Canterbury fixture
    Created on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:06
    The following 12 players have been named for the CMCA Senior A Fixture against Mid Canterbury on Sunday 26 February at Halswell Domain Matt House Rory Hawes Michael Newton vesty James Carr Charles Grey James Rennie Mitch Dimond James Pearson  Ben Cochrane  Nic...

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    News Super Boom Teams Named
    Created on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:20
    Teams have been named for the 2017 Year 9/10 Super Boom cricket festival being run on 26 February, 5 March and 12 March. All games are to be played at Christchurch Boys’ High School grounds, on artificial pitches so please wear sports shoes rather than cricket spikes. There will...

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    News Senior A Team for Country Fixture
    Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:50
    The following players have been named to represent Christchurch Metro Senior A in the fixture against Canterbury Country on Sunday 29 January at Heathcote Domain.  It is a 50 over match starting at 11am. Matt House - Heathcote Rory Hawes - Merivale Papanui Jame Carr - Mer...

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    News Future Magicians Results
    Created on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:03
    Results from the Future Magicians fixtures 1st T20 - Christchurch Metro 110/1 Abby Gerken 34* Casey Liddington 29* Lost to Districts 111/0 Emma Kench 36* Missy Banks 60* 2nd T20 - Districts 128/3 Emma Kench 65* Ash Mortimer 18* beat Christchurch Metro 85/8 Jodie Dean 23 Missy ...

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    News Future Magicians Tournament
    Created on Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:10
    The following players have been named by Christchurch Metro Cricket for the Future Magicians Tournament to be played 23 and 24 January in Rangiora. Sarah Asmussen Jodie Dean Abby Gerken Tatiana Gibbs Sophie Gray Gemma Hickson Casey Liddington Fanchea Molony Grace Moore ...

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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.”