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Pitch Preparation Help for Clubs

NZ Cricket has just released a great new guide for the preparation of cricket wickets in New Zealand, knowing how much rolling to do, learning about disease management, what to look for, when to do things and much more.

So with the season not far away visit our resources page and download the guides.

These are the ideal starting place to learn, especially if you have been given the pitch job and are a bit scared to ask for more help, now you should have a much better formula to work with.

Vacancy: 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-Associations, Clubs and Schools throughout the Canterbury region. This role will work alongside organisations to establish systems, policy, planning templates and measures to increase organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

Canterbury Cricket: Inspiring Through our Game

As part of the NZC One Cricket Review, capability support was recognized as one of the top three areas needing resource and attention. Canterbury Cricket are seeking to employ a Capability Support Manager to give the District and Sub-Association members, clubs and schools the best chance of success through increasing their effectiveness in delivery of our game.
The Capability Support Manager is a full time permanent position reporting directly to the General Manager – Community Cricket. The role forms part of the shared service support team. It will work out of the CCA office and link with the Game Development staff and Cricket Managers as part of the newly developed structure for community cricket delivery. We are seeking a person who can work alongside volunteers and support them ‘to do the job they do’, building their off-field capability and to keep cricket as NZ’s top summer sport.

At Canterbury Cricket we value courage, respect and integrity and have enormous pride and passion for the red and black colours that have been worn by our cricketers for over 100 years. In line with our vision, we are seeking candidates for this new, innovative Capability Support Manager role at one of the most successful sporting organisations in New Zealand.

We are looking for:

  • High level of knowledge and appreciation of sport governance and capability
  • A proven track record of working alongside and influencing volunteers
  • A person with the character and passion that will fit into our existing team
  • Excellent relationship skills
  • Ideally someone with respect of and understanding for the Canterbury and New Zealand sporting landscape

If this role interests you and you feel you could contribute in a positive way to the Canterbury Cricket family then we want to hear from you. Candidates should email a CV and covering letter to Simon Hill, GM of Community Cricket at .

Applications close 12pm 21st August, interviews will be held 23/24 August 2017.

SC Cricket Winter Training Registrations now open

Winter Cricket Training

South Canterbury Cricket are again providing winter training options for boys from U15 to U19 and the registration form can be filled in here

  • Please note that the Primary team winter training registrations have now closed!!

This is your opportunity to work on more off-season skills, technique and to get yourself up to the mark when the new season kicks off in a couple of months.

Register here

Local Umpire John Bromley appointed to NZC National Panel 2017/18

John Bromley - NZC National Panel Umpire

John Bromley – NZC National Panel Umpire

Great news for local South Canterbury cricket umpire John Bromley who has just learned that he has been appointed to the NZ Cricket National Panel for the coming season. This puts John at the top level for NZ after previously being a member of the Reserve Panel for the last few seasons.

While this means we will probably see less of John at local club fixtures, it is great reward for an umpire who through the matches he has already done has shown good decision making and match management when he has had opportunities.

This may also give him more opportunities to possibly progress to International match fixtures so we wish him all the best for the 2017/18 season.

Apologies if you have seen this twice, but had to withdraw original news item until it was officially official this afternoon!

Job Vacancy: Senior Representative Coach

South Canterbury Cricket has a vacancy for a Senior Representative Coach.

The role is primarily focussed on the preparation, coaching and development of the South Canterbury senior representative team which participates in Zone 4 of the Hawke Cup as well as playing several other provincial matches during the season.

Additional responsibilities include coaching the South Canterbury Emerging Players squad and assisting with the development of age group representative players.

Applicants should ideally possess a New Zealand Cricket coaching qualification.

Ideally the successful applicant will be able to start the position in July/August 2017.

For a full job description or further questions please contact Mark at the South Canterbury Cricket office on

Applications close May  31st.


South Canterbury Prizegiving Night Awards

A few photos from the South Canterbury Cricket Prizegiving night held on March 30th, 2017. Prize lists are below the photos.

The South Canterbury Cricket Prizegiving was held at sponsor DB Brewery and for those who turned up a good night was held with MC Julian Blanchard leading proceedings in his usual inimitable style.

Below you can see the full list of award recipients.

South Canterbury Cricket Awards 2016-2017 Season

Individual Awards 

WARNER CUP for Outstanding schoolboy cricketer of the year (JAB):

Flynn Linton – During season batted 12 innings scoring 685 runs at an average of 114 (6 x not out) as taking 7 wickets at an average of 22.14   A great season and worthy recipient.

 THRELKELD TROPHY: Outstanding Player at year 5 & 6 Tournament

Jordan Sew Hoy – At tournament he scored 100 runs from 3 innings including 50no out in the crucial final match against CJCA MacMillan to help them win the tournament and finished 2nd overall at tournament from one less innings. He also finished 4th overall at tournament in bowling taking 7-39 with a best of 3-14 at an average of 5.57 and added a catch and a run out during the week too.

 L NIXON CUP Outstanding South Canterbury player at the South Island schoolboy’s tournament:

Caleb Donaldson – Captained the Primary A team and scored 99 runs with a top score of 53 and also took 6 wickets at an average of 8.6 and in the field picked up 3 catches and 2 run outs to lead his team on the field.

GALWEY TROPHY: Outstanding Player Year 5 & 6 Season

Henry Scott

SCCA Cup Best Player at Primary Yr 7 Tournament:

Hamish McLeod – The boys were well lead by Captain Hamish McLeod who was the standout batsmen with 1 fifty and a near miss 48 on his way to 111 runs at an average of 37. He also helped in the field with 3 catches and a run out.

EDDIE McEWEN MEMORIAL TROPHY for the Best Player Under 15 Years.

Ben Davenport – Has had a successful year with Roncalli 1st XI scoring 77 in a Second Grade A match before Xmas along with many more club and inter-school runs during the season, especially since Xmas. He also represented SC U15 side at tournament finishing 6th best overall tournament batsman with 98 runs at 19.6 with a top score of 36 as well as chiming in with 4 wickets and 3 catches.

MOA PUBLICATIONS CUP – Best Player at Under 17 Tournament

Shaun Rooney captained the SC U17 side and was selected for the U17 Canterbury Tri Series, also scored 207 runs @ 73 in the three traditional inter-schools including 152 against Waitaki BHS while

also taking 6/25 (2 x honours board performances in the same match)  – also scored a further three centuries in Chch Metro competition this year finishing with 130 last Saturday.

LJ GRANT TROPHY Young Player of the year:

Shaun Rooney captained the SC U17 side and was selected for the U17 Canterbury Tri Series, also scored 207 runs @ 73 in the three traditional inter-schools including 152 against Waitaki BHS while

also taking 6/25 (2 x honours board performances in the same match)  – also scored a further three centuries in Chch Metro competition this year finishing with 130 last Saturday.

ROCKDALE KIA ORA TROPHY for Best Cricketer Under 21:

Mark Otley – This season Mark has played 2 Hawke Cup matches but real credit lies with making the Canterbury U19 side and the NZ U18 side and playing in the National A’s tournament and picking up wickets including 3-49 against Northern Districts.

REX BOWDEN CUP for Best Cricketer Under 23:

Liam Beck – has had a standout season at representative and club level. For the reps he scored 262 runs at 37.4 ave which included three fifties with a top score of 68. In Senior cricket he scored 362 runs at 30 ave including a century and three more fifties.

WARD CUP for Best Player in all other grades other than Senior

Andrew Holden – only had five bats for his side, and scored 231 at an average 77. He also took 14 wickets at 12.8.  Miserly 3.2 runs per over. Best 4 for 10 off 8!

DAVIES TROPHY Women’s Batter of the Year

Jess Hewitson – helped the Pleasant Point Women’s team be competitive in Boys 4th grade with a couple of fifties and scores to help her team.

COLONIAL INSURANCE Women’s Bowler of the Year

Jess Bailey – after returning to cricket she has regularly taken wickets against the boys with 15 wickets since Xmas and a best of 3-10.

 WILLIAMS CUP for Bowler of the Year:

Sam Carlaw – lead the senior bowling table with 30 wickets at 10.03 with a best of 2-21 and on top of that picked up 7 rep wickets at 22 ave as well as 8 wickets in the two club championship matches against Sefton and Chch Old Boys.

 SCCA Plaque – Senior Batsman of the Year:

Supeshala Jayathilake – this year scored 671 runs at an average of 41.94 including 7 half centuries.

JIM DAVIES CUP for Best Single senior performance or representative season:

Stan Mair – Stans 7-18 in the 2nd innings of the Hawke Cup match against Mid Canterbury in Ashburton ripped the heart out of their resistance leading to a comfortable outright victory by SC.

 PHIL D’AUVERGNE TROPHY for player who contributed most on and off the field for the senior rep team: Chosen by Coach and players.

Stan Mair – he might appear to be the quiet bloke in the room, but is at every practice, usually first to every match, and always keen to play and especially to contribute, not only to make just himself a better cricketer, but as a team man always keen to contribute in his own way to the team around him, and as such has the players respect at all times.

Ernie Aitchieson Fair Play award on and off the field for youth cricketer:

Edward (Ed) Heenan – a quiet achiever Ed has opened the batting for Roncalli, scored a century during the season. However it is off the field that he comes the fore, always at practice, or volunteering to help with cricket. He umpired at the SIPS Cricket tournament, but also has helped SC Cricket running holiday programmes, does the scoring and is always available to help with those often unseen jobs, and is the sort of player we want involved with our clubs in the future and a deserving recipient.

 SCCUA GRAEME LOWRIE SPIRIT OF CRICKET AWARD for the senior cricketer who epitomizes the way the game should be played: Decided by Umpires

Adrian (AC) Cunningham. This was a game between Temuka V Timaru. The batsman on strike (AC Cunningham) played at a quick delivery from Dinesh De Silva. The ball swung late, heading towards leg stump. The ball went down to fine leg. The two batsmen ran one single. AC Cunningham got to the non-strikers end, and said straight away.

“Ump I never hit the ball and I never played a shot at the ball, would you like to withdraw the run”.

The umpire called and signal dead ball to the scorers, and got an acknowledgement from the scorers. The two batsman returned to their original ends. We feel that AC’s attitude to the game has improved especially over the last 2 seasons, and are happy to award him this trophy.

SOUTH CANTERBURY SUPPORTERS CLUB TROPHY – To player/Umpire/Administrator who contributes most on or off the field:

David Fisher – David as you will know has been Chairman of the SC Board of Control for the last 2 years and takes a very active hands on approach. However he also finds the time to be heavily involved with coaching of junior cricket as he helps the young players gain a similar passion for cricket that he has. He has coached the Primary Yr 5&6 side previously and the Primary A side the last 2 seasons and now is looking after a TBHS side as well as the SC U15s. You can find him at matches most weekends, morning and afternoon, and as a volunteer certainly gives 110% to anything he is involved with. This award shows that his efforts are appreciated, but not an excuse to stop just yet!

ALLAN EDGINTON TROPHY for Sports Personality of the year:

South Island Primary Schools Cricket Tournament (SIPSCT) Organising Committee.

The organizing committee led by Chairman Harvey King alongside John Davies, Peter Scott, Richard Davidson, John Threlkeld, Peter Walsh, David Fisher and Mark Medlicott spent over a year putting together the 2017 tournament which proved to be one of the most successful tournaments ever run. Feedback from Districts across the South Island has only been complimentary, and this reflects on the committee putting things in place to run such a successful event, and are worthy winners of this trophy.


For a youth cricketer who displays an excellent attitude on and off the field for fair play, a team player who inspires the spirit of cricket and has good work ethics.

Also includes some gear (pads, etc) given by the ANZ bank to help promote his game.


Shaun Rooney captained the SC U17 side and was selected for the U17 Canterbury Tri Series, also scored 207 runs @ 73 in the three traditional inter-schools including 152 against Waitaki BHS while also taking 6/25 (2 x honours board performances in the same match)  – also scored a further three centuries in Chch Metro competition this year finishing with 130 last Saturday.

He has also won the Mark Parker Memorial Scholarship to go to Winchester in England and is a youth cricketer with drive, a great demeanour, and all the attributes that make him the ideal recipient of this award.

Team Awards

  • Canterbury Country Yr 6 Tournament Cup: South Canterbury
  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Boys Cup – SC Tournament Winner: Waihi
  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Girls Shield – SC Tournament Winner: Gleniti
  • Saturday Morning A Grade 1 Day Competition: Waihi
  • Saturday Morning B Grade: Waimate Blue                                                           
  • Pareora Trophy WINNER 2nd Grade c: Star
  • Cox Cup Winner 2nd Grade B: Temuka
  • CCA Shield for 2nd Grade A Twenty20 Competition: Celtic No Stars
  • SCCA Trophy Winner Senior Reserve/Second Grade A: Geraldine
  • Woolworths Cup Runner Up in One Day Competition: Timaru
  • SCCA TROPHY Cup: Modified One Day Format Winner: Celtic
  • DAILY FREIGHT WAYS One Day Trophy:            Celtic  
  • SC CRICKET SHIELD 20-20: Celtic

Reports from final round of JAB rep matches v Chch Metro

Primary A

On a perfect cricket day, whether wise, the SC Primary A Cricket Team faced upto a strong Christchurch Metro Year 8 team at a slow but picturesque Waihi pitch.  With the outfield wet from overnight showers Christchurch won the crucial toss and promptly asked SC to bat.

After a solid start with the openers Flynn Smith and Elie Kerse got through to 19 before losing Flynn in the 6th over.  This brought captain Toby Clemett to the crease, who top scored with a well compiled 47.  Only two other batsman made double figures, Lucas Histon 28 and Fletcher Rhodes 14,  in a stuttering innings which was hampered by the slow outfield.  SC’s total of 162 was boosted by 41 extras with all of Canterbury’s players having a bowl.

With a score on the board that the team felt was defendable they headed out into the field with some confidence.  This was helped when Luke Slee picked up one of the openers, assisted by a good catch from Naveen Sridhar.  Unfortunately wickets dried up after this and the two Canterbury batsman batted freely with both scoring at a good clip.  The SC bowlers weren’t able to build pressure on the batsman and with the outfield now dry the batsman were getting good value for their shots.  A fine partnership of 100 runs was only broken with the retirement of the opening batter after reaching his half century.  At drinks Canterbury needed a further 30 runs and it looked a formality but SC staged a fightback with the introduction of Clemett to the bowling crease.  He completed a good match personally with figures of 3 for 12 from 6 overs.  Metro eventually reached the target 5 wickets down in the 37th of their 45 overs.

It has been an encouraging start to the new representative season with a very inexperienced, but keen, team at this level.  The coaches and management wish the boys well for their winter sporting endeavours and look forward to working with them again next summer in the lead up to the South Island Primary A tournament in Nelson.

Primary Development (Yr 7)

South Canterbury Primary Development vs. Christchurch Metro Year 7, played at Waihi School.

SC won the toss and decided to bat.

Most of the top order got good starts after losing a wicket to the first ball of the match. Liam Simpson scored quickly adding a well compiled 28 to the total. Lachie Munro batted till drinks retiring on 25, playing a good supporting role. Jordy Sew Hoy made a very good 50 with some excellent shots all around the wicket. Tom Allan contributed with 10, and a quick-fire 10 from Kade MacMillan got the score moving. Scott Robertson did well striking the ball nicely and running well between the wickets ending up 30 not out. Will Goldsbury supported Scott well, running well and turning the strike over during his 11 not out. SC were 206-5 at the end of their 40 overs.

The Christchurch Metro batsmen were looking in top form early on in the chase. South Canterbury’s consistent bowling paid dividends, with Jackson Smith and Kade MacMillan bowling well to start the innings. Jacksons pace claimed 4 -11. Kade took a wicket. Reece Burtenshaw kept well for the first 20 overs. Mitchell Suddaby’s fielding was outstanding. Some good catches were taken in the field. Will Goldsbury took a tricky high ball when he kept. Reece’s bowling saw him on a hat trick finishing with 3-27. Jackson Weir bowled a good line and length finishing with 2-12 off 4 overs.

Great team effort saw SC take the win by 76 runs, with ChCh Metro all out for 130.

Primary Yr 5 & 6

Another great win for the South Canterbury year 5/6 team.

Today they took on Canterbury Metro at the Geraldine oval South Canterbury were asked to bat first on a slow damp wicket , Metro s bowling was steady but hard to hit through the field and resulted in Sc struggling early on losing 6 wickets for 38 runs at the half way stage A second consecutive 50 ( retired) to Jed Mckerrow and 20 for Hamish Caird produced a 50 run partnership at exactly the right time .

South Canterbury batted all their 40 overs to finish with 129/8 Now South Canterburys turn to bowl and this would mean they needed to dismiss their opponents not just restrict them for victory and as it happened it came down to the last over Metro needed 8 off the last over , but Ben Blakemore delivered a perfect over only conceding 1 run and taking a vital wicket He finished with figures of 2 for 8 off 6 overs Connor Howes was also outstanding at the bowling crease recording figures of

3 for 13 off 6 overs , his accuracy and length were key on this type of wicket

2 more run- outs this week were also a key to a well executed victory over the Canterbury boys Great finish to the season for this promising team , the huge smiles and high 5s were certainly the icing on the cake Bring on next season

South Canterbury Cricket Prizegiving 2016/17

The South Canterbury Prizegiving will be held on Thursday March 30th at 6.00pm at DB Breweries


Come along and support those people and teams who have achieved during the 2016-17 season, both on and off the field.

MC: Julian Blanchard

Night Includes a Special “Quick Quiz” and prize so swot up your local cricket!

Refreshments & Supper Included


Celtic veterans secure club third title for season with strong win

By Brayden Lindsay – Fairfax

Celtic had all the motivation they needed to claim their third title of the South Canterbury cricket season.

The perennial champions were rocked by the passing of team-mate Jeremy Liddy’s dad, using that as motivation to win another title.

It forced Celtic to make a late change to their squad, something they were happy to do.

“We definitely used it as an incentive; winning the title for Lids, so it’s nice we managed to,” Celtic captain Sam Carlaw said.

“You never like it when a player pulls out but under the circumstances we knew he had to and we wanted to do well for him.”

Both sides were under-strength for the final but Carlaw didn’t let that ruin the occasion.

“We’re really happy that we secured our third title.

“Grant [Watt] bowled really well and cleaned up the tail, then Jake (Naylor) and Dan (Laming) batted really well.”

Carlaw was full of praise for Timaru’s Supeshala Jayathilake.

“It was a very good innings.”

He acknowledged three titles was a great achievement but it wasn’t their most dominant season.

“We didn’t play that well for most of. We weren’t as consistent as in the past.”

Timaru made 159, thanks to Jayathilake, who made 85, ending the season with more than 650 runs. Prabodha Arthavidu looked in good knick before being run out for 16, while Brad Leonard added 18.

The elegant left-hander hit a flurry of cracking shots all round the ground and was particularly punishing on anything full.

Carlaw dismissed him as Timaru were looking for quick runs.

Veteran seamer Grant Watt was the star for Celtic, grabbing four wickets with some superb bowling. He secured Leonard, Sam Porter and Sam Robinson in quick succession.

Celtic’s reply was led by Naylor’s 55, Laming’s 52 and Andy Scott’s rollicking 45 as they cruised to the total two down and 12 overs to spare, with Laming and Naylor guiding Celtic home.

Timaru’s chances weren’t helped with experienced seam bowler Dinesh De Silva missing after suffering a hamstring injury after knocking over Temuka in a thrilling semifinal.

Temuka were well poised to make a strong total at 80-3, before a flurry of wickets saw them restricted to 152 all out.

Dillon Lees top scored with a hard hit 30, while Glen Drake (28), Warren Morgan (28) and Willie Stone (25) all made starts.

De Silva nabbed four wickets for Timaru.

Timaru were saved by Leonard with 51 and De Silva, who scored 35.

A six with an over to go by Sam Robinson, sealed the deal for Timaru, who won by four wickets with three balls to spare.

Vaughan Tarrant and Drake claimed two wickets apiece for Temuka.

Scoreboards at a glance 
(full cards to follow)

Temuka 152 (D Lees 30, G Drake 28, W Morgan 28, W Stone 25; D De Silva 4-42, P Arthavidu 2-32, B Leonard 2-26) lost to Timaru 156-6 (B Leonard 51, D De Silva 35, S Jayathilake 26; V Tarrant 2-27, G Drake 2-44) by four wickets.

Timaru 159 (S Jayathilake85, B Leonard 18, P Arthavidu 16; G Watt 4-33, S Carlaw 2-47) lost to Celtic 160-2 (J Naylor 55, D Laming 52, A Scott 45) by eight wickets.

SC U15 Boys Rep Match Report

The South Canterbury Under 15 side had its first outing in 2017 against Mid Canterbury at the Temuka Domain on Sunday 5th March and unfortunately their second match against North Otago was called off due to the weather. Below is a summary of their match.

South Canterbury captain Nick Goodwin won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Toby Scannell 16, Hayden Kerr 13 and number 3 Flynn Linton 23 got SC off to a solid start. A mid order collapse had SC at 82 for 6 but Caleb Donaldson found good support from Nick Goodwin 6, Ben Johnston 14 and Jarrod Phillips 16 to see them through to a respectable 164. Donaldson showed good technique early and a nice array of shots later to end 58 not out .

Mid Canterbury started in a positive fashion but in his 5th over Balkrishna Uniyal struck twice to14 have them 28 for 2.

At 71 for 5, SC were on top but an excellent partnership for the 6th wicket took MC to 130 before Hayden Kerr was introduced and together with Jarrod Phillips they managed to take the remaining 5 wickets to bowl MC out for 147.

Kerr finishing with the impressive figures of 4 for 11 off 6 overs to round off a great all round match, while Phillips took 2 for 25 off his 10 overs.

SC Primary A & Primary Development teams to play Chch Metro named

The South Canterbury Primary A team to play Christchurch Metro at Waihi (grass) on Sunday 19th March, 10.30am start.

This team is to practice at the GB Centre on Wednesday 15th March 6-7.30pm.

Eli Kerse, Flynn Smith, Toby Clemett, Logan Sowden, Fletcher Rhodes, Lucas Histen, Jock Rollinson, Dougal Gibson, Luke Slee, Nick Webb, Naveen Sridhar, Henry Scott.

The South Canterbury Primary Development team to play Christchurch Metro at Waihi (artificial) on Sunday 19th March, 10.30am start.

This team is to practice at the GB Centre on Wednesday 15th March 4.30-6pm.

Tom Allan, Reece Burtenshaw, Will Goldsbury, George MacLeod, Kade Macmillan, Lachie Munro, Scott Robertson, Jordan Sew Hoy, Liam Simpson, Jackson Smith, Mitchell Suddaby, Jackson Weir.





JAB rep teams win two from three

South Canterbury JAB Rep sides had great success against their Dunedin counterparts in Dunedin last Sunday winning two of the three matches and only losing the other match on the last ball.

Below you can read the match reports from each game.

Primary A

A young and excited South Canterbury A Cricket team travelled to Dunedin to play Dunedin Metro Gold on Sunday.

Captain Toby Clemett won the toss and elected to bat on a slow pitch.  South Canterbury’s top order dug in and formed good partnerships through their innings with contributions of 25 from opener Oliver Linton, 27 from Clemett and 19 from Logan Sowden.  The middle order chipped in with valuable runs and increased the tempo.  Fletcher Rhodes, 41 not out, and Nick Webb, 10 not out off 6 balls, ensured SC ended their 45 overs with a very competitive 177 for 6.

South Canterbury got off to a good start with the ball, Webb getting an early wicket, a spectacular caught and bowled, in the third over.  Dunedin built from here and while slightly behind the run rate required had wickets in hand.

The spin bowling of Jock Rollinson, 2 wickets, Naveen Sridhar, 1 wicket and the medium pace of Lucas Histon, 5 runs off 4 overs, through the middle overs really put the screws on and runs were hard to come by.  Luke Slee picked up two valuable wickets and had the outstanding figures of 2 for 16 off 8 overs.

It came down to the final over with Dunedin needing 16 to win the game.  Former South Canterbury cricketer Dave Hunter’s son Billy produced some excellent power hitting, including two 6’s, to leave the scores tied with one ball left.  The fielders all came in close trying to stop the single required.  The batsman blocked and ran, unfortunately South Canterbury missed with their shy at the stumps and Dunedin claimed a 5 wicket victory.

South Canterbury showed great promise and looked the likely victors for most of the game.  They will take great confidence from the performance and look forward to playing Christchurch Metro in their last game of this summer in two weeks time.

Full Match Scorecard

Primary Development (Yr 7)

The South Canterbury Year 7 Development team travelled to Dunedin on Sunday to play a Dunedin Metro Year 7 team. After winning the toss South Canterbury decided to bat first, on what was a very slow wicket and after an early wicket, Flynn Smith (50 retired) and Lachie Munro (21) took the score through to 114 off 30 overs, which set the side up with a good platform to push onto a competitive score in the final 10 overs. Runs were hard to come by but South Canterbury managed to put up a competitive 172 for 5 off 40 overs.

The Dunedin Metro innings started with 3 wickets falling quickly, Jackson Smith 7–2-11-1 and Kade McMillian 8-0-29-3 bowled well up front which put Dunedin Metro under pressure on a slow wicket and with some excellent bowling by Jackson Weir 7-0-28-2 and Henry Scott 6-0-23-1, South Canterbury were able to close out the match by restricting Dunedin to 143 for 8 off their allotted 40 overs.

South Canterbury fielded well and displayed excellent team morale, in a pleasing start to the new campaign.

Primary Yr 5 & 6

The South Canterbury year 5/6 team travelled to Dunedin for their annual fixture on Sunday.

Otago gold won the toss and elected to bat first South Canterbury made early inroads with Jed Mckerrow, Ben Blakemore, Hamish Caird and Connor Howes all bowling superbly in the early overs, beating the bat on numerous occasions and troubling all the Otago batsman.

Jed Mckerrow took the first 2 wickets and Ben Blakemore grabbed the third as Otago were left struggling at 11 for 3.

Otago then put on a good partnership but some steady bowling by the medium pace of Daniel Poulter and Jacob Suddaby and the 3 spinners Mac Kelliher, Jacob Gilkison and Harry Elliotte meant they never gained any momentum.

Captain Flynn Brookland rang the changes well and some outstanding fielding late in the innings which included 3 runouts kept Otago to 148-8 off 35 overs.

With 10 new players in this years game at the half way mark it was a great effort .

Bailey Campbell (17 runs) and Harry Elliotte (9 runs) opened South Canterburys innings and partnerships were going to be key to a positive result Mac Kelliher (11 runs) carried on the good work at #3 and set a great platform, rotating the strike with ease.

Jed Mckerrow batting at #4 began to take the Otago bowlers apart, hitting the ball hard and to all parts of Kensington oval.

Jed scored a well deserved 50 runs and retired soon after, but not before putting together a match winning partnership with captain Flynn Brookland (15 not out).

Running between the wickets was a key to their partnership and once the older Mckerrow was retired he was replaced by younger brother Billy (2 not out) who together with Brookland achieved the final 5 runs required off the final over winning with 1 ball to spare.

A fantastic overall team effort by this young team and hopefully they can continue their progress against a Christchurch Metro side on 19th March in Geraldine.

South Cnterbury U15 Boys to play North Otago

The following is the South Canterbury Under 15 Boys team to play North Otago at Centennial Park on Sunday the 12th of March.

Game starts 10.30am, we will meet at 9.45am.

Hayden Kerr, Toby Scannell, Sean Rhodes, Caleb Donaldson, Liam Andrews, McGregor Isbister, Patrick Goodwin, Taine Cordell-Hull, Cameron Slee, Jayden Williams, Nick Goodwin (captain), Balkrishna Uniyal.

Anyone unavailable please let David Fisher (021 840 039) know as early as possible.

Temuka shine with bat and ball to secure playoff spot in modified competition

Willie Stone is all concentration as he hits one through the leg side on his way to 48 against Star.

Willie Stone is all concentration as he hits one through the leg side on his way to 48 against Star.

Temuka have secured their first playoff spot in the 2016-17 club cricket season.

The Magpies were too good for Star winning their South Canterbury modified one-day clash by six wickets at the Temuka Domain, in a virtual quarterfinal.

A nine-point win for Star would have sealed them third spot, while anything less meant Temuka and Pleasant Point were still a chance of stealing the final spot, until Point lost to Timaru by 18 runs.

Star won the toss and after chasing plenty of leather over the past few weeks when bowling first, tried their luck at setting a total.

Things started positively as Phil McGregor and Sean White posted 29 for the opening wicket.

White, who made 24, went out blazing early on, hitting four boundaries and a six in his 15-ball stay.

McGregor (28) was more resolute in his time at the crease, showing plenty of patience.

He was joined by Paul Arkinstall, who was playing his last game for the club, as they put on 63 for the second wicket.

Arkinstall fell for 44 with Star well set to score a decent total, however the introduction of spinners Glen Drake, Josh Rooney and Phil Lill swung the match Temuka’s way.

Rooney chipped in with four wickets, including Arkinstall, Star’s best batsman all season, Daniel Campbell, McGregor and Adam Fahey in quick succession.

Drake removed the dangerous Tyler Cox and Jarrad Mannex, while Lill clean up the tail with some accurate off-spinners.

Star lost their last nine wickets for just 46-runs to be bundled out for 140, just three of their partnerships reached the double figures.

Tailender Brayden Lindsay hit 15 not out to get the side through to 140, scoring the final 15 runs by himself.

In reply, the hosts made a rapid start through openers Nathan Sew Hoy and Willie Stone.

Stone was going after Craig Hinton, while Sew Hoy took to fellow opening bowler Lindsay.

Their opening partnership of 70 set up Temuka for the win.

Sew Hoy hit 43, including three sixes and four boundaries, before Dale Warwood bowled him, while Stone made 48.

He fell to part-timer Daniel Campbell, who picked up three of Star’s four wickets, two of whom were rep players Warren Morgan and Drake.

Thirteen of the 14 wickets were taken by spin.

Meanwhile, Timaru secured second place with a tight victory over Pleasant Point on a flat wicket at the Point Domain.

Batting first Timaru made 175 on the back of 50s from Supeshala Jayathilake and Dinesh De Silva.

De Silva top scored with 56, while Jayathilake backed up last week’s 81 with a hard hit 50, Brad Leonard’s (16) at seven also proved handy.

Teenager seamer Mark Otley was the best of the Pleasant Point bowlers picking up four wickets, while wicket-keeper Adam Beck took a day off from the gloves and nabbed two wickets, including De Silva.

He then top scored for Pleasant Point with a fighting 71.

It was one of three double figure scores for the Mud Caps.

Latham Gibb scored 34, while Bailey Dryden made 13.

Jayathilake was Timaru’s most successful bowler with four wickets, while Prabodha Arthavidu picked up three wickets.

Next weekend Point face Temuka, while Timaru clash with Celtic in a top of the table battle.

Full Scorecards

Temuka v Star     :      Pleasant Point v Timaru

Former Aorangi groundsman Mike Davies all ready for biggest challenge of his career

Story by Brayden Lindsay – Timaru Herald

Former Timaru Golf Club groundskeeper, Aorangi Oval and Queen's Park groundsman Mike Davies is now in charge at University Oval and is all set for the biggest challenge of his career next Wednesday.

Former Timaru Golf Club groundskeeper, Aorangi Oval and Queen’s Park groundsman Mike Davies is now in charge at University Oval and is all set for the biggest challenge of his career next Wednesday.

Former Aorangi Oval groundsman Mike Davies has one major goal.

That aim is to make University Oval, his new workplace, the best cricket ground in the county.

“I work with a great team here in Dunedin, Dunedin Venues Management Limited, the Dunedin City Council and Otago Cricket all want the same thing, for the University Oval to be New Zealand’s best cricket ground and I’m pleased to be working with them to try and achieve that.”

Davies, originally from Christchurch, moved to Timaru to take a golf development role, before being asked to assist with the grounds keeping duties at Levels Golf Club.

“It all just went from there and the rest is history.”

Going from Levels Golf Course in Timaru, then to the town’s small ground like Aorangi Oval,before venturing to Invercargill’s Queens Park last season, has Davies perched at a place where he will face just about the biggest test of all – University Oval in Dunedin.

New Zealand and South Africa face off in the first of three tests on Wednesday, the fifth ranked nation hosting the third best.

In the past, University Oval has been known as a docile pitch, so what Davies prepares for his international debut is sure to be well monitored.

“I’m not nervous. I’m excited at the challenge in front of me. I want to make this ground the best I can.”

Davies is like a kid in a brand new playground ahead of the opening test on Wednesday.

“I can’t wait for them to start playing. It has been tough at times but the last couple of weeks the weather has come right right and really helped me out.”

The 41-year-old is loving life as a groundsman at a bigger venue.

“It’s awesome, I work with a great bunch of people, and they’re all passionate about the same thing.”

.After six years as part time groundsman at Aorangi Oval, he moved to the greener pastures of Invercargill, a place he loved.

“Invercargill was great to me.

“It was my first time as a fulltime groundsman and I just loved it. The weather was a challenge but it was a nice ground and the [Otago] Volts had a good record down there.”

His results were good in Invercargill and the wickets were top quality.

“I’ll always remember Timaru and Invercargill fondly. They’ve helped me get to where I am and were great places to improve my knowledge.”

Weather conditions in Dunedin had made his first season difficult, with the grass weak, however plenty of sun during the last few weeks has given Davies something to work with.

As for the result, he’d love a New Zealand win but his focus is making sure the pitch is competitive for the entire contest and offers something to both the batsmen and bowlers.

“I just want a good game of cricket that sees plenty of people turn up and it goes the five days.

“Making it even for both is a challenge but as the pitch is made from Kakanui clay, the same as what Aorangi Oval and Queens Park used, I think I’ll be fine.”

Currently he’s loving Dunedin, and is hopeful he can entice New Zealand Cricket to bring more matches to the recently revamped ground with a top cricket wicket.

“I’m preparing a pitch for a team like South Africa, about to get married and recently welcomed a bay boy into the world, so Dunedin is great.”

He said with his industry being relatively small, plenty of groundsmen pass things on.

“I’ve just had Karl Johnson from Seddon Park down here helping me, while Jayden [Tohill] from the New Zealand Cricket high performance centre in Lincoln is also helping out.

“We bounce things off each other and that’s a great thing.”

Davies loved Timaru and said working for South Canterbury Cricket was great.

“I left because I wanted to do first-class games and Aorangi wasn’t getting any, but the South Canterbury Cricket Association were an awesome bunch to work for.”

As for a job at Hagley Oval back in his home town, Davies wasn’t interested.

“University Oval is where I want to be, and I have plenty to achieve here and a great company to work with.”

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