Friday’s round 4 clash against Merivale-Papanui marks Carl Huyser’s 100th Premier 2-Day Game.
The Huyser family moved out to Christchurch from South Africa in 2008 and Carl joined the BWCUCC on arrival and became cap number 545.
As a long haired rock star he was very popular taking up the Friday Night and Junior Coaching duties, in fact both Matt and Mitch Hay were Friday Night Juniors when Carl joined the club
His debut would be against St Albans, and he recalls being given out handled ball in his second game! His brother Tinus would initially attend CBHS before joining his brother at BWCUCC where he has also represented the premier side over 100 times.
Carl also managed to find the cricket over the Southern Hemisphere winter playing cricket in Scotland for Poloc and Clydesdale where he meet the love of his life Nyree who came over to visit NZ in this photos in 2012.
A highlight of his red ball career is the 2022/23 Championship win. It was a long time in the making with a lot disappointment and close shaves over the years.
Since his debut in 2008 Carl has scored 3500 runs in the format, with 17 fifties & 1 Century. Carl has traditionally opened the batting in all formats but has moved around the order to suit the team. Since picking up the coaching role in 2021/22 Carl has slotted into the middle order which has given the side a huge advantage with someone of his experience and class walking out to bat at 6 or 7!
On his 100th appearance Carl wants to reiterate to the younger boys how quickly the times goes, and that you will look back at your time at the club as spending time with your best mates so smell the roses and enjoy it! Carl would like to thank his wife Nyree & kids for supporting his passion even though it is a time hungry sport!
Carl still sits third in the clubs all time run scores list but is now just over 300 runs behind Brian Hastings in 2nd. Jack Kerr remains 1000 ahead of Hastings.
Carl becomes the 19th BWCUCC player to reach 100 premier games, but only the second alongside Scott Inglis to play in the era of T20’s, which has eaten into the playing schedule reducing red ball cricket.
Those who have played with Carl will attribute him as a great team mate, a fierce competitor who will never back down and fantastic company to spend time with on and off the park!
The club would like to also send a huge thanks goes to his wife Nyree & children Hayden, Charlotte and Ollie for sharing their Husband/Dad with us at BWCUCC, as well Carls extended family, which means everything to him. We all appreciate the time commitment playing cricket requires and especially the time required to achieve 100 2-Day games!
Congratulations Carl from everyone involved at BWCUCC, we wish you and your side all the best for Friday’s game!