Newsletter #1 2016/2017

Welcome to the 2016/2017 Season

First of all, welcome to the 2016/2017 summer season. The season is due to kick off this weekend even though there has been quite a sting in the tail of winter. Hopefully the weather plays its part and we get to see some early season cricket played despite the rain which has no doubt set a lot of the September track preparation work back a few weeks.

In this month’s newsletter:

  • Premiers announce new captain
  • Draws for this weekend
  • Cancellations
  • Tom Latham in India
  • Burnside pavilion update
  • Junior trials this weekend
  • Notice for artificial wicket games
  • Al Brown competition kicks off

Premiers announce new captain


We would like to welcome and congratulate Cam Hawkins on being appointed to lead the BWCUCC Premiers this season. Cam fills the role vacated by Sam Noster who has moved to Wellington. Cam transferred to the club this year from Marist-Harewood and was the winner of the sportsmanship trophy for Batting at the CMC end of season prizegiving in 2015/2016. Welcome Cam and best of luck for the summer ahead.

Draws for this weekend:

Burnside Premiers kick-off their season with a two-day match that will be played at home against Riccarton CC. Good luck to all the Burnside teams starting their season this weekend.

You will be able follow the Premiers live on CricHQ. Check the BWCUCC Facebook page for the links and updates on game day.


Game-day cancellations will be available through Newstalk ZB 1098, on the CMC website, through the CMC phone service, and the CMC Facebook page. The free TXT service for cancellations is no longer in use.

Tom Latham in action in India:

Cricket- India and New Zealand 1st Test Day 4
Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates the wicket of Tom Latham of New Zealand during day 4 of the first test match between India and New Zealand held at the Green Park stadium on the 25th September 2016. Photo by: Deepak Malik/ BCCI/ SPORTZPICS

It was a tough introduction to test cricket in India for BWCUCC’s Tom Latham, with the Black Caps going down by 197 runs in the first test at Kanpur.  Latham fell LBW in both innings to Ashwin, who showed his class throughout the match, taking 10 wickets for the test. A hard-earned 58 in the first innings gave Latham his 8th test match 50. While it wasn’t the result the Black Caps were after, it was mesmerising to watch, and we look forward to watching Tom back in action in the second test starting on the 30th.

 Burnside Pavilion update

There have been a few recent changes at the pavilion, notably the new deck. In the last couple of weeks, the balcony decking was completely overhauled with new decking and considerable strengthening work done, and it is looking great. There are just a few finishing touches and a coat of stain to go down. A special thank you goes to Rhys Barron from the Burnside Presidents Foxes, and also to his cast of willing helpers. If you see Rhys or any of the team involved, don’t forget to shout them a beer.


Make sure you come down after the day’s play to share a drink and a yarn at the pavilion. This summer, the club replaced the aging crimson furniture with a more modern look courtesy of Turner’s Auctions and plenty more seating. We all look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Junior Trials for Year 7 and 8’s

Junior Year 7 and Year 8 Trials are taking place this Sunday (2nd of October) from 11am to 1pm, at the artificial nets at Burnside Park. Please note that you are not to wear spikes on the artificial wicket. Contact Peter Burke if you have any questions, and keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page for any cancellations or updates.

Notice for artificial wicket games

All the artificial pitches were “re-turfed” towards the end of last season. Any teams that are drawn to play on artificial pitches will each need to supply a set (one unit) of spring-loaded stumps. Only rubber soled sports shoes can be worn on these surfaces.

Al Brown MVP Competition Kicks Off

Have you ever wondered how Al Brown MVP points are calculated? We use the CricHQ MVP system, which uses a very complex process that takes into account each individual match scenario to calculate points for batting, bowling and fielding. You can read-up on the points system on the CricHQ support site here.

This is the first week of competition, and all results from all grades will contribute towards the Al Brown MVP award at the end of the season. Make sure your results get into CricHQ as soon as possible after your matches end, and take care to capture all fielding performances too (catches, stumpings, run outs), as almost everything goes into the mix for MVP points.

Enjoy your cricket and have a great weekend!


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