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Board may look beyond cricket for new blood

Andrew McRae - Board Chairman

Andrew McRae – Board Chairman

The South Canterbury Cricket Association is looking for two people to join their board and a lack of knowledge about the game is not an obstacle.

At Wednesday’s annual general meeting, only three of five board positions were filled; one of the three was a nomination on the night.

Chairman Andrew McRae, Peter Scott and Grant Hamel return to the board.

McRae said the situation concerned him but he would move quickly to address the problem.

With the appointment of new joint chief executive Tony Lewis, the board’s focus will be more on governance than on daily management, which is likely to be more attractive for potential candidates, he said.

“I can only assume the lack of interest is as a consequence of increased time pressures on people, work and family commitments.”

McRae said in the past the board was typically made up of former players or those associated with the game through their children.

“Their love of the game driving them to be involved in a very hands-on fashion.

“With the new chief executive in place, there is an opportunity to seek likely candidates outside of the cricket family that could increase the skill set at the board room table.”

McRae said cricket in South Canterbury, and across the country, faced unprecedented challenges.

“A decline in the popularity of the game at adult levels not only impacts upon the playing strength but also the resources coming into the game.”

McRae said innovative playing formats protected their position locally despite these challenges.

The lack of interest in a board position concerned life member Maurice Smith, who thought that without a full contingent it would place too much much pressure on those who had volunteered.

McRae said the board had the power to co-opt people onto the board, including a players representative but his preference would be to find someone keen to do the job.

The association declared a small profit of $6862 in line with the previous year.

The two items that stood out in the accounts was increased income from gaming charities, of which $15,000 was spent on a new mower.

The senior rep teams expenses were up almost $14,000 but that was because of them making the Hawke Cup final and flying to Tauranga without much warning.

McRae also paid tribute to Graeme Ward, who had spent a decade on the board before he stepped down, and Mark Medlicott, who was to focus on his part-time administrative role.

Sports boss goes in to bat for two codes

Tony Lewis - new CEO

IN THE SWING: Tony Lewis is keen to get away to a flying start in his new role as joint chief executive of South Canterbury rugby and cricket.

South Canterbury’s new joint rugby and cricket chief executive, Tony Lewis, has taken up the reins and is excited by the prospect.

The 51-year-old former Otago rugby wing is looking forward to the challenges and has a clear view of how best to respond to them.

“South Canterbury is a sleeping giant and I’m keen to give it a prod,” he said.

“From what I understand, the South Canterbury economy is booming compared with the rest of New Zealand and I am keen to tap into that.”

Lewis said he and the boards needed to sit down and decide “where to from here” and it was up to him to drive it.

Improvement, as with all sports, was a numbers game starting at the grassroots, he said.

“I am keen to get in and support the schools. You only have to look at what happened at Marlborough Boys and Nelson College when the Tasman Rugby Union swung in behind them, they made the final of the Crusaders Schools comp against expectations.

“The same goes for cricket.”

Lewis said it was also important to get the schools in rural towns such as Geraldine, Waimate, Fairlie and Temuka involved in a positive way.

“Viable senior club competitions and reps sides start there, at the grassroots.

“You get the base right and grow the sport from there.”

Basically if the foundation is right, the top eventually takes after itself, he said.

“Part of that is ensuring the coaches have the support.”

Lewis said leadership was another important factor and something he would not shy away from.

“You also need to get into the community to get their support.”

Lewis said it would take some time to bed the job in but believed both rugby and cricket were year-round roles when it came to administration.

“It won’t be six months here and six months there.”

The new CEO also hinted he was keen to be involved at some stage in a possible sports academy that crossed codes.

The former teacher comes to Timaru with an impressive CV in sports administration.

He is the executive officer for Paddle NSW but has previously had roles in both rugby and cricket, including managing the contracted players for New South Wales Cricket and Cricket Australia for seven years.

He also had a stint as general manager of the Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club in Sydney.

Job Vacancy – GM Amateur Cricket

nzcricketCricket is New Zealand’s staple summer sport with more than 100,000 people currently playing the game, making it one of the most widely played sports in the country.

New Zealand Cricket is responsible for the administration of the game in New Zealand, with delivery of grassroots, club, school and representative programmes managed through six regional Major Associations.  New Zealand Cricket also administers the New Zealand men’s international team, The BLACKCAPS and the women’s international team, The White Ferns, as well as the New Zealand A, U19 teams and emerging players.

As a result of a recent strategic review, we have created a new role of GM Amateur Cricket, reporting directly to the CEO.  This is a full time role based at NZC’s High Performance Centre at Lincoln University.

The main function of the position is to ensure that Major and District Associations deliver agreed amateur cricket priorities, including governance, administration, financial and relationship management, and to act as the “champion” for all levels of amateur cricket in NZC and the wider cricket and sports community.

We’re looking for applicants who have experience of working in the management and administration of cricket at a senior level, ideally at MA or DA level, and who have a strong track record in dealing comfortably with senior & executive management teams & boards in a variety of formal presentation settings.

The ideal applicant will also:

  • Have a good understanding of modern sports governance
  • Have good commercial skills and knowledge including financial management
  • Have an understanding of the cultures that drive organisations
  • Be results-driven with effective planning skills

A tertiary qualification in Business or a related discipline would be favourably regarded.

Candidates should email a CV and covering letter to Margaret Nimmo, GM Human Resources at A position description is available on our website  Applications close at midday on Friday 27 September.










ON Wednesday 18th of September

AT 7.30PM


Job Vacancy – Director of Cricket Mid Canterbury Cricket

At Canterbury Cricket and Mid Canterbury Cricket we value integrity, respect and courage and have enormous pride and passion for the colours that have been worn by our cricketers for over 100 years.

In line with our vision, we are seeking candidates for this full time role to be based in Ashburton reporting to the board of Mid Canterbury Cricket.

This is a new role within a restructured Mid Canterbury Cricket organisation and provides a wonderful opportunity for a self motivated, energetic, skillful cricket technician. Full time roles do not readily become available in cricket and roles such as this with variety and the opportunity to make a significant difference to thousands of cricketers are few and far between.

This role will be empowered to lead and achieve an exciting cricket plan developed by Mid Canterbury Cricket and will have the responsibility to oversee and lead the delivery of cricket in Mid Canterbury.

The main part of the role is to support a cluster of primary schools, secondary schools and clubs in developing support structures to ensure that the game continues to grow. In addition to this the role will also lead and deliver where appropriate the high performance programme for the District including the Hawke Cup representative side.

In order to fulfill the vision and responsibilities of this role, candidates must possess the following attributes and experience.

  • Past involvement with community cricket and the development of elite cricketers
  • Strong professional ethics
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • At the very minimum a NZC Level 1 coaching qualification or overseas equivalent
    • Be eligible to work in New Zealand

Applications for this role close on Friday 6th September, 2013.  Applications must be made by email to Mike Southby, Chairman of Mid Canterbury Cricket at and Richard Hayward, Director of Amateur Cricket at Canterbury Cricket at

The applications must include a covering letter and show that you possess the attributes, skills and experience detailed above.

Initial enquiries are available by phoning Richard Hayward on +64 3 366 3003 and a full job description is available by visiting or upon request from Richard.

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Canterbury Cricket Selector Position Available

Canterbury Cricket Selector

Canterbury Cricket is looking for expressions of interest for the role of Canterbury Selector.

This role predominantly involves watching club and District Association cricket and meeting with the two other members of the senior selection panel to ensure the best possible Wizards and Wizards ‘A’ teams are selected.

The role requires the selector to occasionally travel in and around the District Associations to observe cricket matches.

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Be available to observe club cricket and District Association matches that are being played to assist in identifying key players of interest for selection
  • Be available for meeting with the other selectors to select Wizards teams (these are often done at the grounds) and the annual Major Association contracts
  • Liaise with the Director of Cricket/Wizards coach with their views on players of interest
  • Have experience in understanding the player demands at First Class level and what skills and attributes are required for players to succeed
  • Have an interest in seeing Canterbury Cricket teams succeed and excel
  • The ideal applicant will:
    • Have a strong technical, tactical and mental knowledge of First Class cricket
    • Be based within the greater Christchurch area
    • Be capable of articulating the strengths and weaknesses of individuals
    • Relate well and build rapport with club and District Association coaches and players
    • Past First Class playing experience is preferred but not essential

This is a non paid position however all expenses incurred in the role will be paid.

If you have an interest in being involved in Canterbury Cricket and have the time and desire to assist, please email your expression of interest to by Friday 23rd August 2013.

Top Coaches to be involved with Winter Training

cricket-coachIt has just been confirmed that Dayle Hadlee, Craig MacMillan, Gary Stead and Paul Wiseman will be attending two of our secondary school winter training sessions each to help pass along their knowledge to the local cricketers and coaches.

Nathan Morland (ex Otago player), Barry Ward (ex Canterbury player), Todd Elliotte and other coaches will also be providing specialist help for spinners, batsmen and fast bowlers too, so this is great news for South Canterbury Cricket.

New CEO Announced

Tony Lewis - Joint CEO SCCA & SCRFU

Tony Lewis – Newly Apponted Joint CEO SCCA & SCRFU

Tony Lewis has been appointed as the new joint CEO of South Canterbury Cricket and the South Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

The new appointment has been decided after an exhausting but robust interview process and we believe this new position will enhance cricket (and rugby) in our region.

He is the executive officer for PaddleNSW, based in Sydney, but has previously had roles in both rugby as General Manager/CEO of the Randwick Rugby Football Club in Sydney and cricket managing the contracted players for New South Wales Cricket and Cricket Australia for seven years. Prior to that he had a successful teaching career in NZ before moving to Australia a decade ago.

Raised in Otago, Tony played rugby for Otago, NZ All Black 7’s in Hong Kong, NZ Colts, NZ Universities and Western Australia. He has also gained national and provincial athletic titles, as well as being experienced at coaching and mentoring at a  professional level in both rugby and cricket.

We expect Tony to take up his new position in 6-8 weeks, but in the meantime cricket business continues as normal, so please contact Mark or Gilky with any questions. Read newspaper article here

Please also put the AGM in your calendar. This will be held mid September, but the date is yet to be confirmed.


Coaching Course for Club Coaches, Parents & Volunteers

cricket-coachI would like to invite you to attend a Coaching course on Monday 29th July, 5.30-8.30pm, at the Graeme Blanchard Centre at Aorangi Park.

It is a NZC accredited course labelled Coaching a Cricket Team. It is a 3 hour session with the time split evenly between discussion and practical teaching. There is also a quick half hour online form to complete before the 3 hour session. There is no exam so if you turn up – I will guarantee you will pass.

This course is designed for the coach, parent, teacher or volunteer involved with organising and coaching 10-18 year old primary, intermediate or secondary students playing junior or youth cricket for their school or a club. It is concerned mainly with how and what to coach a team playing the conventional 11-a-side game.

I believe you would be well suited to this course and if you don’t want to go further in the coaching field then this course will give you the information and skills to coach your sons or daughters teams on a Saturday with some confidence.

If you do want to go further down the coaching path, this course is the pre requisite to the NZC Level 1 examinable coaching course.

There is a cost of $35 to cover the literature that you will receive, which are mainly reference books on coaching cricket for you to keep.

Please get back to me ASAP if you would like to take part, or call me to discuss further.



Shane Gilkison
SC Cricket Development Officer
Ph 03 686 3377
Cell 021 02313118

Ants de Joux honoured at TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards

Last night Ants de Joux received an individual TrustPower Timaru District Community Award for his services to cricket in South Canterbury over the last 25 years. Well done Ants, you have certainly made a difference to  cricket in our area.

Ants de Joux receiving award from Mayor Jannie Annear & Awards Chairperson Jane Couglan

Ants de Joux receiving community service award from Mayor Janie Annear & Awards Chairperson Jane Couglan

Law Changes coming into effect Oct 1st

The MCC are updating the Cricket Laws which will come effective from October 1 this year.

Two major changes that will have effect on our local competitions are;

  1.  If the bowler breaks his stumps on delivery – NO-BALL
  2. Runners will not be permitted for an injured/ill batsman.


Rules surrounding backing up run outs are also being updated.

NZC expects to have new copies of the Blue book printed in NZ before that date and available to the Association.

Some more information about these rules can be read on the following links;


South Canterbury Sports Awards

The South Canterbury Sports Awards are being held on Friday 24 May at 6.00pm in the SBS Events Centre.

Several people from the cricket fraternity have been nominated in the various categories and we wish them all the best at the awards. Our nominations are as follows;

  • Administrator – Kevin Teahen (Temuka CC)
  • Coach – Robin Beeby
  • Service to Sport – Graeme Lowrie
  • Sportsperson – Nick Horsley
  • Sports Team – Hawke Cup Senior Men’s Rep Team
  • Young Sportsperson – Mark Otley

Girls and Community Cricket Coordinator – Job Vacancy

nzcricketCricket is recognised as New Zealand’s premier summer sport. New Zealand Cricket’snational community cricket development team ensures that top quality coach and player development programmes are in place and are delivered to participants at all levels.

The Girls and Community Cricket Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative support to the team of 3, and in addition specifically provides input into the girls’ development programme, and support for its delivery.

The role is based in NZC’s High Performance Centre at Lincoln University.

You will bring to the role:

  • Experience gained from being involved as a participant in community sport (ideally cricket) – on or off the field
  • Strong administration and organisational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Expertisein Microsoft office suite
  • Good attention to detail
  • A passion for sport, and
  • A commitment to be part of a team driven to delivering excellence.

Applicants who are tertiary qualified in Sports Management, Business Management or a related discipline would be favourably regarded.  The role would suit a recent graduate looking for a path in sports administration.

Candidates should email a CV and covering letter to A position description is available on our website  Applications close on 29 May 2013.

Robin Beeby Wins Canterbury Cricket Coach of the Year

Canterbury Cricket 'Coach of the Year' 2012-13 Season - Robin Beeby

Canterbury Cricket ‘Coach of the Year’ 2012-13 Season – Robin Beeby

South Canterbury Senior Cricket Coach Robin Beeby’s success in coaching the Representative Side to a Hawke Cup Challenge in Rotorua was recognised by the Canterbury Cricket Association when he was recently awarded the “Coach of the Year” Award at the Canterbury Cricket Prizegiving.

Robin was promoted from assistant coach to senior rep coach this season & took the team to a Hawke Cup Challenge against Bay of Plenty, our first in 13 years. He was dedicated throughout the season, attending every practice as well as attending senior cricket every weekend in his selector/coach role. Where possible he went out of his way by attending opposition matches in other districts to help formulate better plans for our own matches.

The South Canterbury team won 3 of their 4 Zone matches outright & lost the other match on the first innings, as well as beating North Otago and Mid Canterbury in 50 over one day matches, so his successful coaching recipe would appear to be reflected by these results.

Congratulations to Robin from South Canterbury Cricket and all their supporters.


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