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08/09 Season set to start on October 11th

The South Canterbury 2008-2009 season is scheduled to begin with a round of Senior matches starting on October 11th.

Although most things have stayed the same, captains will need to ensure fielders and bowlers don’t muck around between overs with a daily rate of 100 overs (up from 90) to be completed by 6.30pm

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Harvey King elected to Canterbury Cricket Board of Directors

Harvey KingHarvey King & Denis Aberhart were elected to the Canterbury Cricket Board of Directors. Denis Aberhart was an incumbent director seeking re-election, while Harvey King is new to the Board, replacing Trevor Luke, who retired by rotation but was not seeking re-election. King is the current Chairman of South Canterbury Cricket, a position he has held since 1999 and a member of the New Zealand Cricket District Advisory Board. Others who remain on the Board are Cran Bull, Brian Adams, Mike Satterthwaite and David Shackleton. Peter Sharp was relected as President.

South Canterbury Women’s Cricket Review 2007-08

By Richard Davidson – Women’s Coach.

Women’s cricket in South Canterbury has maintained its playing levels with six sides including one team from Ashburton.

An increase in teams entered in the Milo Shield primary competition (up by 4 teams on the previous year), hopefully this will see more numbers interested in the game over the coming years. From this competition Courtney Buckman was identified with cricket potential and has been invited to attend elite coaching in Christchurch under the guidance of some of Canterbury’s best coaches.

The Women’s final this year was between Craighead and Roncalli. Teacher, Amber Boyce was the difference between the two sides taking wickets and scoring runs. Roncalli the deserving winner.

Senior Women

Although the Senior Women’s side could not emulate the previous two years in winning the Aotea Cup, there were some notable highlights. South Canterbury finished the season with three wins from their six games, saving their best for last in beating a strong Southland side to deny them from taking the trophy.

Southland batted first and got through to 168/8, Otago Spark Megan Kane hit a well compiled 50. Batting for the home team Rowan Milburn (63no) and Amber Boyce (54) started at more than 7 an over. A quick fire 30 at the end from Lisa Grant enabled South Canterbury to win in a canter.

All team members at some stage contributed to the season with regulars Megan and Hanagh Linton, Libby Stuck, Katie Miller and Bridget McMaster mentoring the younger girls in the team.

South Canterbury u17/Sec School Cricket Tournament in Ashburton 17th -19th December

The South Canterbury u17/Secondary School Girls cricket team travelled to Ashburton earlier this week to compete in the regional tournament.

First up on Monday was Ashburton who won the toss and elected to bat. Ashburton got away to a good start and were on 30 after 4 overs before they lost their first wicket when Christina Burke brilliantly caught and bowled the Ashburton captain. At regular intervals wickets fell to some excellent fielding especially to Rosie Nicholas who took a magnificent catch in close, to break an important partnership in the middle of the innings.

Bowling for South Canterbury, Christina Burke (3-25) Sarah Fahey (3-13) and Amy Jackson (2-13) were outstanding with their control of line and length. Ashburton was finally dismissed for 96.

In reply South Canterbury worked hard for the runs and were not comfortable untill at 59-4 Christina Burke strode to the wicket and smashed the ball to all parts of the ground for a quick fire 49no to end any hopes of a Ashburton win. South Canterbury finishing on 98-4.

Day 2 was against a strong Canterbury Country side which batted first and scored at more than a run a ball. All the South Canterbury bowlers struggled with their line and length and were made to pay by the Country batters. Brown, the opener scored a good century before being undone by a good ball by Meg Bolderston when reaching three figures. Once again Sarah Fahey bowled well taking 1-56 off her 10 overs.

After a good start by the ever improving Mellissa O’Brien and Bridget McMaster (33) South Canterbury lost their way and was dismissed for a meager 67 runs.

Day 3 was against Mid Canterbury again as it was decided to change the draw around to stop Mid Canterbury playing some of the stronger sides.

Batting first South Canterbury got off to a bad start when Bridget McMaster was back in the pavilion with only 2 runs on the board. A good partnership between captain, Megan Linton and Mellissa O’Brien saw the score move to 36 before Linton rather threw her wicket away for a hard hit 22 which included five 4’s. Eloise Niven (41) and latter Georgie Hewson (34) carried the score along to 210 after 50 overs. Batting all but the last two balls of the innings O’Brien finished on 67.

Mid Canterbury struggled to get partnerships going with good bowling from again Sarah Fahey (4-24 of 10) and Amy Jackson (2-14 of 5) and were dismissed for 167 in the 43 over.

Fahey’s bowling and the improving batting of O’Brien plus the captaincy of Linton were the standout performances of the tournament. South Canterbury’s fielding was of a very high standard.

Under 15 Girls

A young South Canterbury Under 15 side competed in the Regional tournament in Timaru. Although they did not win any games there were some very notable performances.

  • Hanah Linton 4-13 against Metro Red
  • Courtney Hamel’s batting under pressure
  • Courtney Buckman 2-20 (Metro Red) and 5-17 (Metro Black)

Many of these girls are reasonably new to the game and came through the Milo schools system. With more coaching and hard training, along with the experience of their first tournament, they will be stronger next season.

Administration Report 2007 – 08

By Graeme Broker
Executive Officer

The 2007/08 season was an interesting and enjoyable one for South Canterbury Cricket.

Representative teams had mixed success with some notable performances.

This centre was officially opened in March 2005 and contains three lanes and a bowling machine.

Representative sides, club sides, schools and individuals use the centre.

The Speights senior mens side participated in the Hawke Cup zone elimination matches and enjoyed wins over West Coast and Mid-Canterbury. The team was coached by Chris Leonard and there were some notable performances the most significant being the innings of 225 by Craig Davies against Mid-Canterbury.

The Senior Women were coached by Richard Davidson and generally performed well. The team won three out of six games.

The following age group teams participated in the respective tournaments:
Year 5 – 6
Primary A
Under 15
Under 17
Under 19
Under 15 girls
Under 17 girls

The numbers participating in the various Club competitions increased from the previous season in both afternoon grades and at junior level.

The senior two-day competition was closely contested with five of the six sides having the opportunity of qualifying for the final going into the last game. Temuka who were actually in 5th position going into the last game won the round robin contest.

Timaru won the two-day final in an interesting game that was unfortunately affected by rain.

Celtic who defeated Timaru won the senior one-day competition.

Winners of other grades were:
Senior Reserve Celtic
Second Grade Waimate
Presidents “ Pirates
Fourth “ Roncalli Blue
Womens Roncalli
J.A.B. A Celtic
J.A.B. B Celtic White

The fourth grade competition this season had eleven teams including two from Mid-Canterbury. A team from Ashburton College participated in the Womens grade.

The offices of South Canterbury Cricket and the Boardroom are located within the Graeme Blanchard Centre.

Harvey King chairs the Board. Other Board members are Graham Ward, George Harper, Alan Annett and Peter Scott.

The offices of South Canterbury Cricket are the bases for Community Development Officer, Richard Davidson and part time Executive Officer, Graeme Broker.

The year ended 30 June 2008 resulted in a reasonable financial position for the Board.

The Aorangi Oval wicket produced playing pitches of a high calibre during the season. The Board gave all Senior Clubs the opportunity to play on the ground during the season.

The Board is fortunate to have the services of Groundsman, Brian Hyslop. In addition to having the responsibility for the Aorangi Oval Brian is available to advise other groundsman from various clubs in South Canterbury.

The end of season function was held at the Speights Ale House on 9 April 2008. We were fortunate to have N.Z. Cricket Chief Executive, Justin Vaughan as guest speaker.

There were over a 100 present, a larger crowd than had attended for a number of years. The evening was well arranged by staff of the Speights Ale House and we are extremely grateful to them.

Planning is well under way for the coming season and winter training is now in full swing.

Thanks to all players and administrators for contributing to a busy and successful season.

Chairman’s Annual Report 2007 – 08

Harvey King
South Canterbury Cricket

It is my pleasure to present the Chairman’s report for the 2007/08 season

With a solid foundation the association continues to administer cricket in South Canterbury in a positive fashion. It was a pleasure to chair such a positive solid all round board and my thanks go to all of them.

George Harper and Allan Annett are resigning this year. Their common sense and sharp business minds have been a real asset to us and I wish them well for the future.

Graham Broker has continued to run the day to day affairs in his calm and efficient manner. The sound financial position we are in is to his credit and we all owe him respect for knowing how to establish business credit so well. Having continuity in the Executive officer role for two years is certainly a benefit for us.

To our loyal supporters in the business community and gaming industry thank you for your continued support. It is very important that we acknowledge your help and continue to administer South Canterbury Cricket in an efficient way to warrant your continued support.

I would like to thank all the clubs for their contribution to a very successful season. It goes to show when the communication goes both ways issues are readily solved and we can all get on with playing and enjoying the game.

The club assist programme proved successful and we hope to build on the programme this year by using the Canterbury Cricket club development officer to implement more benefits to clubs by way of coaching and running practices. If we all continue to raise the bar then our game will grow stronger and continue to be attractive to new players.

Our senior rep team continues to perform adequately but has not reached their full potential. Chris Leonard has been the coach for the past two seasons and has done a tireless job. The same old issues keep raising their head. Player availability at crucial times and the lack of a regular manager affect the performance of the team. The board is determined to try and address some of these issues raised by Chris and the players so that we may once again challenge for the Hawke Cup.

On a positive note, two highlights of the season were Todd Elliotte’s performance in taking the highest number of senior representative wickets which is testimony to his outstanding career for South Canterbury, and Craig Davies double century against Mid Canterbury.

Our junior rep teams continue to perform with distinction and this is a credit to these players and the volunteer coaches and managers that look after them.

Richard Davidson’s development program continues to blossom and the number of contacts Richard has with schools is a testament to his enthusiasm and commitment. Richard’s coaching skills are there to be used and we encourage anyone who wants one on one or group coaching to talk to Richard. He is a level two coach and right up to date with all the new techniques.

The recent 25 year plan of Aorangi Park drawn up by the SGL Group highlighted the need for an upgrade of the Aorangi Park pavilion. This building has served its purpose and is in need of some major renovations to bring it up to modern day standards but these have been included in the 8 to 10 year stage of the development. Cricket will have to decide if we want to wait that long or find some money to bring the renovations forward. It also shows that we need to use the Aorangi cricket bowl more than we do and with better planning it is our intention to get as much cricket as possible on the oval.

To our Umpires and scorers who continue to give of their time thank you. It is always better to have umpires standing than players doing the job so if you are looking for something to do on a Saturday contact the local umpires through the South Canterbury office.

To all our grounds men who put in many hours around the district preparing pitches, your time and effort is greatly appreciated and we are very fortunate to have quality pitches for club and Representative Fixtures.

Congratulations to John Ward who has recently been awarded the honour of a Pillar of Pride at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. This is a fabulous recognition of a wonderful career for New Zealand, Canterbury and South Canterbury and we all wish John, Shirley and the family all the best for the unveiling on the 18th September.

Despite Richard Reid shifting camps to the Highlanders and Otago rugby, the close relationship he helped to build up with the districts has continued and our thanks go to all the staff at Canterbury cricket. I am sure that Lee Germon’s close ties with South Canterbury will help continue this relationship.

In closing I would like to wish everybody involved with cricket all the very best for the upcoming season and look forward to catching up during the season.

South Canterbury Cricket Season Review 2007-08

By Richard Davidson
South Canterbury Community Cricket Officer

HAG Centres

  • Fairlie, Craighead (y7), Craighead (y8),  St Joes,  Holiday

Kiwi Centre

  • Craighead, Grantlea, Temuka, Bluestone, Timaru Christian, St Andrews,

Milo Cup and Shield

  • 20 Cup sides

  • 10 Shield sides

  • Again, running the Kiwi and HAG programmes through the school system
    was very successful as well as putting the teachers through coach
    education courses.

Holiday Programmes

  • 4 holiday programmes were held through July, September, December
    and April attracting 80 children

Coach Education

  • HAG Courses x 3 with 40 participants

  • Kiwi Courses x 1 with 6 participants

  • Getting Started  x 1 with 3 participants (1 course to be
    run in April Holidays)

  • Level 2 Refresher with 3 participants

Other School Competitions


  • Year 5-6, 12 teams in Temuka, Geraldine and Timaru

  • Summer tournament , run over 1 day with 14 year 5-6 teams and 18
    year 7-8 teams

  • Quick Hit, 4 teams

  • Primary sides knocked out in first round played extra games under
    shortened format


  • NZCT Girls, 5 teams

  • Gillette Cup, 5 teams

  • NZCT Year 6, 7 teams

  • Super 8,s 8 teams


  • Timaru, 13 teams

  • Geraldine, 6 teams

  • Waimate, 8 teams

Leadership Courses

  • 2 in 2007 and 2 booked in for 2008

Representative Season

  • Year 5-6 – 3rd

  • Development – 3rd

  • Primary A – 6th

  • U15 – 3rd

  • U17 – 3rd

  • U19 – 5th

  • Senior – 3nd

  • U15 Girls – 4th

  • U17 Girls – 3rd

  • Senior Woman – 2nd equal

Milo Initiatives

All schools in the South Canterbury region have been visited throughout the 2004-2005 season and welcomed the Milo and Kiwi awareness lessons of which many wanted to repeat them during the latter part of the season.

With the help of the Hospital Board, South Canterbury Cricket set up a pilot project called WAVE, which stands for ‘Welfare and Vitality in Education.
Initially we engaged 5 primary schools to take part in a coaching project which linked young people with local community cricket clubs, with the ultimate goal being more people playing cricket.

In the short term, more children were physically active through cricket in schools, and the long term being physically active in their leisure time through cricket with clubs. Although numbers of cricketers never increased dramatically, cricket alternatives (eg modified games) played a big part in their development. With Cricket Clubs now firmly affiliated with school sides, they realize that there is a Club/School identity.

Community Cricket Initiatives

As an integral part of the Community Cricket Initiatives, South Canterbury Cricket looked at ways to improve the standard of club cricket, and believed this could be achieved through better organised, more purposeful practice sessions.

We offered the clubs the opportunity to improve their practice procedures through funding, guidance and assistance on how to set up a quality practice programme with well structured weekly sessions.

For the funding to become available , each club had to meet certain criteria including appointing a coaching co-ordinator, attend a coaching workshop and then return a brief review of the outcomes at the end of the season. Providing each club met its obligations a grant of $300 was made to be used at the discretion of the club. The South Canterbury Cricket Association also provided resources to the value of $300 to help the practice procedures including cones, stumps, balls, baseball mitt etc. The six Senior sides in South Canterbury took up this opportunity which was widely acclaimed as being a success.

Club Cricket

Club Cricket in South Canterbury has increased it playing numbers slightly in the past season with an increase at JAB level of 4 teams and in the year 9-10 age group of an extra 3 teams. This has come about of the good work done at Timaru Boys High where their numbers have increases from 75 boys in 2006 to over 135 in 2007-08. Much of this increase is due to the different formats of the game available to boys. (super 8s, slog sixes, interfirm etc).

Celtic was victorious in the 1 day competition, chasing Timaru’s 160 all out reached the total with 5 wickets down.

In the two day Tweedy cup final, Temuka lost on the first innings to Timaru. Batting first Temuka were dismissed for 258 and in reply Temuka batted poorly to be all out for 108. In their second turn at bat Timaru faired little better and were all out for 108 leaving Temuka 258 for victory in 37 overs. When bad light stopped play Temuka were 156/6.

All senior sides had reasonable numbers and competed well in both forms of the game with many of the High School leavers filtering into the senior ranks. All other grades enjoyed success at different stages and with the increase in player numbers it put pressure on wickets which meant most weekends some teams had to play away from home. ( a good problem to have).

During the winter months, winter trainings at all age groups were were well attended with cricketers in the 14-16 age group the most promising with large numbers vying for the age group tournament team, This bids well for the future.

One of the issues that must be addressed by cricket administrators at both district and their Major is the availability of school leavers when they head on to tertiary education. Many of South Canterbury school leavers don’t even get the chance to play senior cricket in their association, let alone district cricket as they are snapped up by senior sides in Christchurh and promised the earth, only to be lost in the system.

Woman’s Cricket

Women’s Cricket in South Canterbury has decreased by 2 teams in the past season but increases in the numbers playing modified games. Some of the Milo Shield games have been played under the Quick Hit rules.

One of the positives is the inclusion of the Roncalli side which is made up of many of the girls that were part of the very successful St Joesephs Milo Shield side of a few years ago. In fact with the help of one of the teachers they won the Women’s grade competition with a good final against the Craighead side

At both the u15 and u17 tournaments the South Canterbury teams competed well, with the u15 side doing particularly well with a very young side.

At the senior level, the senior women were not quite as successful as previous years when they only won 3 of their 6 games in the defence of the Aotea Cup. Highlights in this competition would be beating comfortably the eventual winner, Southland on Aorangi Oval in the last game of the season. Batting first, Southland got through to 167/6.

Two girls, namely Janet Brehaut and Liza Grant made their State League debuts this season and should be integral parts of both the Canterbury and Otago setups for a number of years.

Roncalli obtained the services of Amber Boyce, who in her own right is a champion golfer and plays off a 1 handicap. At Aotea cup level she was hands above any of the players South Canterbury came up across and she should easily make the Magicians team if her golfing commitments allow her. She is currently training with Rowan Milburn.

Looking towards the 2008-2009 season

With a busy and reasonably successful cricket season behind us we can look forward to next season with allot of confidence. Implementation of the Milo and Club Cricket initiatives have been very successful and with more in the pipeline to be put into action in the forth coming season it appear that Primary, Secondary, and Club Cricket is once again getting stronger within the South Canterbury Cricket Association.

Many of the age group squads have been announced for the 2008/09 season, with games already been played with the neighbouring associations.

End of Season Results 2007-2008

Senior Reserve
Celtic – Batted first and scored 250 and then dismissed Timaru for about 70 to retain their hold on the SCCA Trophy. Top performers for Celtic were M De Joux with 91 and D Galbraith with 5-31.
Second Grade
Waimate – Celtic batted first and were all out for 134, and then Waimate scored the required runs for the loss of only one wicket with Greg Paul scoring 40*, Tim Suddaby 38* and Nathan Sheppard 38 meaning that this year these finalists from last season don’t share it, but Waimate get to keep the Cox Cup alone.
Women’s Competition
Roncalli beat Craighead after an outstanding all round performance by Amber Boyce who after scoring 87 not out in Roncalli’s 166 then destroyed them by taking five wickets for only 8 runs.
Celtic JAB A Grade Winners - Click to read article
Presidents Grade
Winner: Pirates
Runner Up: Celtic
Fourth Grade
Winner: Roncalli Blue
Runner Up: Mountainview High School
JAB A Grade
Winner: Celtic
Runner Up: Waihi School
JAB B Grade
Winner: Celtic White
Runner Up: Temuka

Tweedy Cup (Senior Two Day) Final Results

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Timaru were the winners for the first time since 1986-87 when Chris Leonard the SC Mens Coach was captain (he played this time too). Andrew (Rowdy) McLachlan starred with the bat scoring 94 as well as picking up 4 wickets while for Temuka Paul Coles grabbed a 6 wicket bag, and Hayden Leonard, Jordy Morrow & Kevin Teahan all picked up 4 wicket bags during the match……

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Craig Davies sets new record as South Canterbury win on 1st Inns over Mid Canterbury

Craig Davies at the end of his marathon five 1/2 hour innings of 225..

 Craig Davies was the star of the show as he batted for the entire South Canterbury first innings against Mid Canterbury in the final Hawke Cup elimination match of the season. Davies’ innings of 225 runs from 331 balls in 378 minutes (5 ½ hours at the crease) set a new record score by a South Canterbury batsman, surpassing the previous best of 209 not out made by Stephen Pagan in 2004.
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To put the value of this innings into perspective, the next best score by a SC batsman was only 35, and Davies was last out with the score at 390. There were some nervous moments (perhaps not in the middle for the assured looking Davies), but definitely on the sidelines as he approached this huge milestone and wickets fell at the other end. A very nervous looking No 11, Grant Watt, joined Davies when he was still a couple of runs short of the record as spectators and players alike held their breaths, but Watt was solid and then Davies played the shot of an already impressive innings as he lofted the bowler to ‘cow corner’ (wide mid on) to break the record. He duly followed this up with another six and four in successive balls before his innings and that of South Canterbury ended.

With 9 overs to be bowled before stumps South Canterbury picked up a wicket to end play for the day in a dominant position.

Day two saw Mid Canterbury set about a long chase for first innings points with a century partnership for the second wicket and more solid partnerships with contributions of 73 from Dave Maw, Lyal Jemmett 49 and Robert Madden 55, before the introduction of the new ball brought immediate success with two wickets falling at 266.

Todd Elliotte bowled a long spell of 31 overs to finish with 4-65 while Craig Hinton had a defiant Garth Jemmett caught on the boundary for 41 to claim his 5th victim (5-94) and close the Mid Canterbury innings at 313 giving a first innings win to South Canterbury.

Craig Davies capped off a fine match by taking the other wicket, while for Mid Canterbury, No 11 Wayne McDowell finished the match with more career runs than wickets to his name for the first time for Mid Canterbury.

Elliotte now highest SC wicket-taker

© The Timaru Herald | Monday, 19 November 2007
Todd Elliotte bowling his record making delivery.

Off-spinner Todd Elliotte has etched his name into the record books by eclipsing Phil d’Auvergne as South Canterbury cricket’shighest wicket-taker.

The 32-year-old Elliotte took two wickets yesterday against MidCanterbury at the Aorangi Bowl to move his tally to 251.

The moment the umpire’s finger went up Elliotte’s team-materushed to congratulate him.

His figures of 10 overs, two maidens, two wickets for 14 runs also helped South Canterbury retain the Ron Biggar Trophy.

His outstanding feat of moving ahead of d’Auvergne was by no means an easy one.

Elliotte joined the South Canterbury team as a fresh faced 17-year-old out of Timaru Boys High School along with Mark Parker and Black Cap opener Craig Cumming.

Since then apart from a year teaching English in Korea Elliotte has been a stalwart of the South Canterbury side also captaining them for almost the past decade.

His best efforts was grabbing 11 wickets against Mid Canterbury last year and has several 10 wicket bags.

Elliotte has however never managed to grab a hat-trick although has had a couple of attempts.

The off spinner said he wasn’t really one for keeping records but read an article in the Herald a couple of seasons ago saying he had a chance of breaking the record.

“Since then I just kept a note wondering if I would get there, so it’s great.”

Elliotte was also rapt that wife Vickie and one-year-old son Harry were also able to be there to celebrate the achievement along with his parents, Keith and Ethel.

With one milestone achieved Elliotte is unsure whether he will return next year to fulfil another as he will finish this season just short of 100 games for South Canterbury.

“I love the game but with a young family priorities change but I guess you never say never.”

Elliotte has not only been successful with the ball he has also proved handy with the bat at times for the province with a top score of 123 against Canterbury Country.

His highlight however was the 2000 season which culminated in South Canterbury hoisting the Hawke Cup.

“We had it all, the right team, management and coach, especially the fact I think the same 13 or 14 players went through the season.”

Elliotte said he had always enjoyed cricket because of the people he played with.

“When I was first picked for South Canterbury guys like Bruce Carlaw and Dave Fisher made me welcome and treated Craig, Parks and myself as valued team members.

“Since then guys like Andrew Buckingham and Grant Brookland and lots more are all great guys and great to play with, and there lots of others.”

Elliotte will get a chance to extend his record when the Hawke Cup starts in a fortnight.

SC businesses to supply cricket gear

The Timaru Herald | Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Cricket Sponsors
South Canterbury Cricket has secured another deal with a local business to provide gear for player development.

Timaru’s Sportcheck, with the assistance of Gunn and Moore, will supply some of the balls and coaching equipment South Canterbury Cricket requires for the season.

Included in the gear is the latest catalyst bat which is currently being used by Black Cap Ross Taylor.

South Canterbury Cricket chairman Harvey King said the association was very grateful to have the support of a local business.

The South Canterbury senior cricket season starts this weekend.

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