Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Tony Lewis the CEO South Canterbury Cricket is delighted to announce that the South Canterbury Cricket Association will have four (4) players from the Canterbury Wizards next week. This includes former Blackcaps and Wizards opening bowler Chris Martin, who is also on the coaching staff at the Canterbury Wizards, along with current Wizards players Hamish Bennett, Roneel Hira and George Worker.

Martin brings with him a wealth of recent International and domestic playing experience including 233 test wickets for the Blackcaps and a total of 599 first class wickets in 192 matches.

The highlight for the region is the return of local Hamish Bennett a former Timaru Boys High School student, who has represented the Blackcaps in 1 test and 12 One Day Internationals. While Roneel Hira has played 15 T20 internationals for the Blackcaps and George Worker has represented New Zealand A.

The players will visit the region on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October.

The objective of the visit is junior development. Tony Lewis said “the focus of South Canterbury Cricket in 2013/14 is to engage with those children who want to play cricket and to give those currently playing or are part of our coaching programs the ultimate coaching experience. The visit of the wizard players will give our players the opportunity to learn from the best in Canterbury. It will be a great start to the cricket year for these young players. It will also compliment the work of Shane Gilkison for South Canterbury Cricket as Cricket Development Manager who has delivered his programs to 4,000 children already this year.”

Hamish Bennett

Hamish Bennett

The players will visit and coach local primary and secondary children as part of the coaching programs run by South Canterbury Cricket. The Wizards and Shane Gilkison will be visiting Have-a-Go cricket programs run by both Temuka and Star Cricket clubs. This will target 5-10 year olds in the region and give them the ultimate coaching experience.

South Canterbury Cricket will also be holding a number of training sessions at the Graeme Blanchard Centre for the groups that participated in this season’s winter training program. Shane Gilkison said “these players will participate in an intensive session that will build on their development from the winter program.”

Gilkison said “It is great to have cricketers of the calibre of Chris, Hamish, Roneel and George available to coach our junior and age group representative players here in South Canterbury. I am certain that those who enrol in the Have-a-Go programs will long remember the day they were coached by the Blackcaps and Wizards players.”

Andrew McRae Chairman of South Canterbury Cricket said “That Canterbury Cricket should be congratulated on the quality of coaches that they had sent to the region this year. We have already had visits already from Paul Wiseman, Dayle Haddle, Craig McMillan and Chris Martin now for the second time. This initiative will assist South Canterbury Cricket in developing the game in the region and most importantly give these boys and girls an ultimate cricketing experience. ”

Have-a-Go programs run by the Temuka and Star Cricket clubs, please go to the South Canterbury Cricket Association website page or contact Shane Gilkison on 021 02313118 or email gilky@southcanterburycricket.co.nz

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