August Newsletter 2016

Preparations are underway for the start of the new season with registration now open and booking in dates for Pre-season training. The final rouches are being done on the Annual Report and the notices will be going out shortly to finalise details for the AGM.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Noster for his 9 years service at the club, last yeat as Premier Mens captain. Sam is moving up Wellington and we are sure you will join us in wishing him every success.


Junior Cricket Registrations

If you are looking to play either Friday night or Saturday morning cricket at BWCUCC you can visit the link below with all the details including the registration form. Registration days are September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at Burnside CC 10am to midday.

Junior Information

Senior Cricket

We would to confirm the appointment of Premier Men’s coach Craig Kerr who has been appointed by the club. There is plenty of opportunity for morning grade cricket as Christchurch Metro Cricket have made some changes to 2nd Grade and the T20 competition. BWCUCC will have Premier’s Men’s, 2nd Grade and a side in the new 2c competition. In addition to this we have a great selection of afternoon grade sides so for more information please click on the link below for contact information and registration forms

Senior Cricket

From the Committee

We have recieved notice that our Treasurer Mitchell Croft is not standing for re-appointment at the next AGM. He is heading off to the UK and we would to thank Mitch for all the work he done at the club both as player and as adminstrator.

If anyone i the club is interested in volunteering and becoming involved in the club please get in touch!

Work is in progress to have the deck refurbished in September and to be completed by the start of the season. We have not been able to complete our fundraising for the re-surfacing of the artficial nets at present but we are working on this re-submitting applications and talking to potential sponsor’s. We recieved a lot of calls of support from our last newsletter and will be following those up as well.

Dan Vedder is also working on a club raffle – if you think you can offer any prizes for this please contact Dan on 021 222 7766 or

Elmwood Farm – Organic  / Free Range Meat Pack

Regan Dalley (BWCUCC Groundsman) has put together a BWCUCC special offer when you purchase one of their quality meat packs they will provide a donation to the club. To take up this special offer please check it out Elmwood Farm Burnside Cricket Flyer



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Registration is now OPEN for 2016 / 2017


If you are interested in playing club cricket at BWCUCC this coming season and want to find out more please check out the following links for Junior Cricket and Senior Cricket including Junior Registration days, and Senior Pre-season training.



If you want an opportunity to play competitive morning grade cricket contact our Club Captain or Premier Captain today.

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Newsletter May 2016

Winter has arrived already and the with colder weather really arriving in the last couple of weeks, in fact this May has been so warm that Regan our groundsman has even had to do some watering on the blocks to help with the autumn renovation work. He even cut the grass growth off the blocks again, which at least should make the task easier come spring.

What’s been happening behind the scenes? We recieved some great feedback from our online survey and while it was just shy of 50 respondents – there was a good deal of well thought out suggestions as well as some confirmation on the areas at the club where we need to focus our energy & as well as some re-assurance we are doing things right. Some of the activities this winter and in no particular order;

Peter Burke and Dan Vedder are working on both fundraising and sponsorship for both cricket and club renovation activities

We are working on quoting and arranging funding for the replacement the artificial grass practice wickets as well as some repairs to the surrounding nets of these practice wickets.

We have working on some options and costs for replacement of deck covering and some other work to the deck.

We received some strong feedback that while our facilities are ‘average’ for a cricket club, and they could certainly do we with some improvements!

Thanks for the feedback on the communication and updates that appreciate. It will be great to share some of the history of the club online which will continue to be a work in progress. There was lot of feedback that there should be more social activities that are shared across teams the club – please share any ideas that you get with us!

How could you help?

If you are a tradie and might be able to assist in some way with the deck or any work to the club house – please register your interest by contacting

Be ready for action – we expect to be having some very important working bees coming up in the mont or so and your help will be invaluable.

Send in an idea and please keep the feedback and comments coming in!

Telegram from the UK

As much as we love following the successes of Tom Latham on tour, we were wrapt to get this update from premier mens player Angus Harman

“Dear Shane, I am living in Carlisle a town about the size of Christchurch. Im staying with a player and his mum who spoils me a lot. The club is similar to the snake pit with a strong wind. The thing I miss the most is the sun, as its been pretty cold but its on the improve, slowly. My new favourite food is mars bar milk. Havent quite found love yet but trust me ive been trying real bwc style. If bussy was living here he would impliment a flag system and install a fish and chips store on the corner of the main street called cutts road as it hasnt got one . Ive spent a lot of money tasting english beers but is a necessity to fit in…. I nunped on the Leicester city bamdwagon and cheered them on at Old trafford”

Clearly this was sent in prior Leicester city winning the EFL so one can only imagine how much fun he had! Gus seems to have cemented a place at number 3 and a link to his clubs facebook page is Wigton Cricket Club

How about becoming an umpire?



The Canterbury Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association is always keen to here from anyone who is interested in becoming an umpire. David Brandon the President is very keen to hear from you at the contact details above  – with the right training there is some real potential to improve and progress. Please follow this link for an introduction to umpiring

Club Coach

We are very hopeful of securing a new coach in the very near future – hopefully and announcement will be made by the next newsletter!

Anzac Day 2016

We were very priviledged to have Geoff Fosbender accompany premier mens captain Sam Noster to lay the wreath at the dawn service in Cranmer Square. You can find out more information about our Roll of Honour on our website here

How do you make a cricket ball?

Here is a link to a playlist on youtube that shows how a ball is made and the dedication of the crafsmen who make it happen.

How to make a cricket ball






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Anzac Day 2016

This Anzac day we will remember those from our cricket club who have served and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Sam Noster, Premier Men’s captain and Geoff Fosbender from the 2b team and NZ Army, will be laying a wreath on behalf of the club at the dawn service held in Cranmer Square this Monday, details of the service can be found on the CCC website:

We will be at the Chester Street West part of Cranmer Square, opposite the cenotaph and you are welcome to come and join us.

Last year we manage to complete some research on the member who serviced in The Great War and this has been added too with some work those served in WWII. The link for this information is below, if you have any further information please contact the club.

We know from Brian Adams excellent book on the History of the club that Jack Burton from the club died in WW2 and we like to find out some more information about Jack and if he was was originally from Christchurch. We not sure if it might be James Tasman Burton – any information would be appreciated.

Martin Donnelly who had already represented New Zealand before he came to Christchurch played for 33 years at the club before the war. Archives New Zealand has a Newsreel of a match he was involved in and it can be seen on the link below on YouTube.

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Newsletter 21, 2015/2016

The end of the season has arrived, and following the Easter Break the wickets have been cordoned off and ground renovations are underway. The Football posts are up and marked already for the winter. If you have taken the time to complete the online survey its appreciated and the committee will be reviewing the feedback received – thanks for taking the time it makes a difference.  The committee also welcomes Dan Vedder to the ranks. Dan is 2B captain and has stepped up to help out.

Once again thank you to everyone who was involved in the club this year I hope you have all enjoyed the season, and look forward to catching up over the winter.

Canterbury Cricket Awards – Wednesday 13th of April at 6pm, Russley Golf Course – We will be receiving awards for the 2a’s winning the two day competition, dubai diamond traders winning their competition in the regular season and Top 4 play-offs. The President’s Foxes who also won the Top 4 playoff for their grade.


Senior Prizegiving

This years senior prizegiving was held the club rooms and was well represented form the senior teams and master of ceremonies Dave “Crash” Robertson accompanied by Doug Allcock did an excellent job in the presentation accompanied by a short speech by the team captains. Thanks to Peter McInnes for delaying the arrival of your daughter and supplying the sound equipment. If you missed out on attending, here is the order of proceedings in a PDF put together with a short lead time by Paul Shackleton –  BWCUCC_PrizeGiving_Ceremony 2015_2016


Matt Farrant – Winner Al Brown Best All Round Performance, AJ Hintz Trophy for best bowling performance in a match, Jubilee Cup most wickets in a match, Best Bowler – Premier Men, and MVP Premier Men.   Matt is holding a ball once used by Dan Reese in a pre-war match for Canterbury against Otago

As you can see Matt Farrant has had a superb season both with the bat and ball, he has deserved place on the Honour’s Board at the club – it will be another Farrant to add to the list of great cricketer’s.  For a full list of club winners please click on this link –  Prizewinners 2015 and 2016

Alex Reese – leaving us a coach

Burnside bids farewell to premier coach Alex Reese, who is going overseas on his ‘OE’ in winter of this year.  After several years as premier coach Alex has installed a great culture in the premier team and very nearly took the team to victory in the two day competition this year.  Alex has also been instrumental in assisting with junior coaching and the Club’s other senior teams.   Alex will certainly be missed by the Burnside community and we thank Alex for the service he has given to the Club both as a player and a coach.  Nevertheless, we are sure that he will come home to Burnside upon his return to New Zealand.  The Club is now recruiting for a new premier coach and will announce that appointment in the coming months.


AJ Hintz Memorial Game

A match was held on the Sunday following prizegiving in the memory of Andrew. It was a superb day of cricket and every emotional for all involved. A lot of memories of “Reg” were shared – thanks to those who organised the event and to Melissa and Graeme White for sharing their photos of the day.

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Early Notice – Anzac Day Service

The club will be laying a wreath at the dawn service, Cranmer Square on Anzac Day, as we did last year in remembrance of our cricket club members who service and those who never returned. An email will go out prior to the service confirming the arrangements.




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Newsletter 20, 2015/2016

What a privilege it was to have able to have Blackcap Tom Latham attend our Junior Prizegiving last Sunday and help award the prizes to the players – the juniors were almost as excited as the adults.  You could really see the ‘capturing that love of the game that you had as a kid growing up’ philosophy which Tom explained was something the Blackcaps strive for in their approach to playing cricket

When Tom mentioned how he remembered sitting on the floor of the clubrooms for his junior prizegiving, it just reminded everyone that you can make your dreams come true. Some members of the club were very lucky to be presented with some of Tom personal BlackCaps gear, and the club has received a Test Shirt and ODI shirt which will be mounted in the club. Tom also signed a heap of autographs and got asked for plenty of photos and managed to survive a couple of questions from the audience. Thanks Tom Latham for making yourself available for the club  – we are so proud of you.

Tom is off to Kent, to play in the English County Championship and we wish him every success.

Murray Hawes was presented with the Junior Merit Award for his work with Juniors for the season – Murray was a bit disappointed he couldn’t take the silverware with him, but we will be getting something for his mantle piece this Saturday – Well done Murray for all your hard work.

Thanks also to Glyn from m4photography who, in addition to doing the team photos at short notice, stayed and provided the club with some great pictures of the prizegiving. The premier team also came to see the junior prizegiving and Angus reminded them on how the whole club looked up to them.  We are all very grateful for the efforts that the Parents, Coaches, Ground Staff and especially the hours of work that Peter Burke has put into to organising junior cricket at BWCUCC.

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This weeks draw is available Here

Club Survey – We really want to hear what you think about our Cricket Club with this simple online survey that only takes about 3mins to complete – we would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill it out and share your thoughts – we need to get plenty of responses to make it worthwhile –  BWCUCC Online Survey

Juniors –

We are into the last week, with Friday night and Saturday Morning cricket finishing this week on the 19th, let’s hope the weather clears up – and make sure you keep warm!

A list of all the prizewinners will be up on this website shortly, and please let us know how the team photos went!

Senior Prizegiving

Senior Prizegiving is the Saturday the 19th March at Burnside Cricket Club from 7pm. The club will be provide some pizza and snacks, but it may pay to eat first!

Uber has decided that they would provide free transport for the event, so no excuses in getting to and from the venue!

Senior Cricket

The Premier team were invited to bat by Sydenham who made the best of the conditions bowling BWCUCC all out for 115. Gus Harman who opened with 44 and Liam Winn 39 put up the resistance. Sydenham reached 249/8 declared with Scott Inglis the pick of the bowlers with 16.4 overs 5 maidens 3/51. Both teams are conscious that an outright win is what’s needed to be assured of winning the competition.

2a’s are in command with their game at Sydenham Park, having batted first to get 136 they had Sydenham all out for 63 with Alex McDuff getting 8/36 from his 14 overs on the trot. BWC currently has a lead of 174 with 6 wickets in hand.


Alex McDuff – 8 Wickets for 2a vs Sydenham

The mighty Whangaparoa Cannons Pony Club proved too powerful for the BWCUCC 3a men wrapping the match earlier than expected, with Chris Peters producing 4/22 off his 4.4 overs.

Both the Brawlers and Mariners were not able to produce winning matches this week and will be looking to get back in the winning column for the last match of the season. Vishal from the Brawlers has cracked 500 runs for the season and it looks like the afternoon batting award is between him and Marty Conway of the Foxes, both of whom are playing at Burnside on Saturday.

The President’s Fox were able to secure another win at the weekend over Sydenham Cardinals as the silver fox, Chris Kennedy top scored with a classy 63 not out! The Foxes came second in the main round robin, but are the top of the top 4 split and are playing this weekend to win that part of the competition.

The Dubai Diamond Traders have produced another with with a well polished performance against Sydenham.

A.J Hintz Memorial Match

Hamish Kember, and fellow BWC members are playing in a memorial match for Andrew Hintz this Sunday the 20th, Starting at 1pm. Come down for a bit of a look and a bit of a catch up with some of great names of the club playing – Hawker, Bateman, Jeffery, Haglund, Philpott, Everest etc, etc will be taking the field. The bar will be open.

One last thing…

Thanks for jumping on our facebook page and getting involved in the club this season, we have managed to get to almost 500 likes – which would a great milestone for the club and the promotion of cricket in our community….so if you haven’t already, like and share BWCUCC on Facebook




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Newsletter 19, 2015/2016

The last 2 day match for the season begins this weekend with both our two day team’s are playing to win the 2 day competition, both teams have worked incredibly hard to get where they are in the competition and I would like to wish all our players the best for the coming matches.

The draw is able to be downloaded on this PDF Link

Junior Prizegiving – for both Friday Night Cricket AND Saturday Morning cricketers is on This Sunday the 13th of March at 5pm at Burnside Clubrooms. We will be able to celebrate the success of the teams.

Senior Prizegiving will be held at Burnside Clubroom’s Saturday the 19th of March 7.00pm.

AJ Hintz Memorial Cricket Match, to be held on Sunday the 20th of March at 1pm, organised by Hamish Kember

The committee would welcome any nominations for some of the club awards that are on offer so if you can email the club with your nominations that would appreciated, particularly for the following awards:

JM McEwan Trophy for Most Improved U23

JS Patrick Trophy for best spin bowler

W S MacGibbon Trophy for best all round club member

The Senior, Youth and Junior Merit trophies for work in these areas.

You can read more about the trophies by clicking on this Link

Junior Cricket

Only two more weeks to go of Junior Cricket left, with Saturday Morning Cricket finishing up on the 19th of March, and the last Friday night of superstar academy is on the 18th of March – so let’s make the most of it. It was great to see the junior players pay their respects to Martin Crowe last Saturday with a minutes silence. Here the BWU9 team line up to pay their respects.

BWU9 1 Minute Silence

We have had many of our junior on to representative honour’s and its the same this weekend with CJCA fixtures taking place – please continue to proudly represent your club and it will be great to see you at Prizegiving.

Please email any photo’s or achievements for Juniors for our website and Facebook page!

If you have found a digital casio watch around the nets please hand it into the club.

Senior Cricket

The Premier Men managed to clean up East Shirley last week with a great spell of bowling from Matt Farrant who got 6/50. Both Matt and Scott Inglis picked up 8 wickets for the match – This week we welcome grade leaders Sydenham to Burnside Park  for the first day of the last 2 day match of the season. It will be a must win for BWCUCC – you can read this article to explain the position of the grade last round – The Press

Matt Farrant 6_50 against East Shirley

Matt Farrant, 6/50, leader of the club’s Al Brown MVP points award

The 2a’s are leading the competition 111.49 to Saint Alban’s 111.22, going into the last round the draw has BWCUCC vs Sydenham at Sydenham Park #1 and St. Alban’s playing Riccarton at Bradford Park.  BWCUCC has not won the second grade competition since 2009/2010 season when they were lead by Ashley Taggart. Let’s hope that a match off has left the lads rested.

Not a great day at the office for either team in the 3a Grade, not even a 5 wicket hall from Umesh in the Brawlers could help them win against Marist-Harewood and the Mariners had tough day at the office as well.

The President’s Foxes had a good win against East Shirley as Marty Conway scored 53, putting them in semi-final this weekend in the top four play off. The Dubai Diamond Traders, Ghetto Hustlers and Rolling Stones all had T20 wins – and the Strikers falling short with not enough runs or players this week.

How can we improve?

We have put together a small survey monkey survey for you provide some feedback on how you rate the club, it will help make sure we are providing the best experience we can please take the time to complete our survey on the link below;

BWCUCC 2015/2016 survey

Special Mention

The club would like to thank Paul Shackleton who this year has provided the club with digital design services as well as donating the gate entry sign and signage above the entry. Every week we have been asking him for a copy of his company logo and contact details we can pass on – they have not been forthcoming, so when you see Paul about the club just say thanks. Paul Shackleton – regretting the decision to go “hot”

Paul Shackleton





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