Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket provides opportunities for boys and girls of all ages. Whether they are picking up a bat for the first time or want to play in a representative competition we can cater for them.
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Age and Stage Cricket – Check out these changes to junior cricket which will affect our Year 4 – Year 8 Teams
Friday Night Junior Cricket
Friday night Junior Cricket is from 6pm on Burnside Oval each week, starting the first week of Term 4 in October. It finishes for the December/January school holidays in December, and then starts back on the first week of Term 1. This is for 5 to 10 Years old and there two groups – school years 1&2 and school year 3&4 and are 1 hour skills based sessions:
Smash Play junior tamariki
For the youngest players an those new to cricket aged 5 years – 10 years (school Year 1 & 4), this a short game based cricket theme program introduced by NZ Cricket in August 2022 . Focus on engagement, skill development and confidence building. you can find out more here: https://burnsidecricket.org.nz/smash-play-junior-tamariki/
Advanced Year 2s, Year 3 & 4’s. This is still based and works up to short gameplay as the end of the sessions. Some of our advanced Year 4 will then play after the Christmas Holiday’s in CJCA T20 Year 4 north zone cricket on Saturday mornings.
As players head into Year 5, they move into more traditional cricket through junior 20/20 matches and play on Saturday Mornings.
If you need any more information on Junior Cricket please see the website of the Canterbury Junior Cricket Association
Saturday Morning Cricket
From Year 5 to Year 8, players are selected for Saturday morning teams and start playing matches against teams from other clubs. All junior players have access to qualified coaches during the week at practice, however Parents will be asked to help manage a team on Saturday’s.
Saturday morning Junior Cricket starts at 9am each week, beginning in October. It finishes for the December/January school holidays in December, recommencing in February. We lose our Year 8 players to secondary school in February so the teams have a bit of a reshuffle.
Our year 5/6 girls team had an excellent season, we would really like to keep the support going to girls cricket at BWC.
A number of the junior grades have a challenge shield that is up for grabs each Saturday just like the Ranfurly Shield. The shields are named after individuals who have given much to junior cricket over a long period of time. Two of the shields are named after Burnside Life Members who have given many years of service to Canterbury Junior Cricket.
The Derek Cockburn Shield is played for by the Junior Premier (Year 8) grade.
The inscription on the Derek Cockburn Shield reads: Derek Cockburn has been a leading coach and selector of juniors in the North West of Christchurch since 1959. He has also fostered junior cricket through the South Island Tournament which has grown from 8 to 14 teams. He was made a life member of Burnside West CC in 1986 after assisting Zimbabwe officials in setting up junior cricket there, all in part of a Goldie Oldie exchange. Derek was awarded CJCA Life Membership in 1990, presented with the Sir Jack Newman trophy for service by NZ Cricket in 2007, made Patron of the CJCA in 2010 and in the same year received the ICC Centenary Medal for his outstanding service voluntarily given to cricket.
BWU3 win the Peter Burke Shield in 2015/2016
The Peter Burke Shield is the challenge trophy for the Year 7 Section 1 grade. The inscription on this shield reads: Peter Burke enrolled his two sons with Burnside-West in 1993. He introduced new concepts to the North-West – first the Friday and Monday activity for beginners and synthetic pitch blocks. He was the Junior Cricket Assoc President from 2002 to 2005 while being S.I.T. Manager during the rise of Tom Latham and Corey Anderson. Peter became the 26th BWUCC Life Member in its 108 year history. He also has an ability to sniff out grants from worthy sponsors.
Players moving from Year 8 to Year 9 join our Youth programme, run under the auspices of North West Youth Cricket
Youth (Year 9 to Year 13)
The Club’s Programme is run under the auspices of North-West Youth Cricket (NWYC)
NWYC is a collaboration between our Club, the Merivale-Papanui Cricket Club, Burnside High School and Papanui High School. NWYC has a range of teams from Under 14 (year 9) to a 1st XI that plays in the top school grade in Christchurch.
To find out more about Youth Cricket please click here
Players do not have to come only from the two schools and clubs. Everyone of high school age is very welcome to play for NWYC. After Year 13 finishes, players’ involvement with NWYC ends and they can move on to play Senior Cricket for either Burnside Cricket or the Merivale-Papanui Cricket Club.