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Cricket Development Officer:
Our local development officer is Sammy Curtis. Sammy has had a long and successful career playing including captaining the Wairarapa Men’s Side from 2006-2011, Captaining the Central Districts A side in 2009-10 and also being selected for the Central Stags in 2009-10.
Sammy has also played as an overseas professional in both Scotland and England for 6 seasons.
This is Sammy’s 7th season in the development officer role and has he created many of the local initiatives in the Wairarapa Cricket scene including the Country Kiwi cricket cluster competitions, the Trev’s sports Mens super 8′s Big Bash and the indoor and outdoor midweek cricket leagues for secondary school girls just to name a few.
We have 3 young energetic coaches for our CD recognised age group sides in the Under 14′s 16s and 18s. Wairarapa Representative Jamie Holmes coaches the 14′s, Jake Ross takes the under 16′s (his 3rd year in the job now) and Sammy Curtis our development coordinator takes the 18′s
Our school based grassroots programme is the NZ cricket initiative “Kiwi” Cricket. It is run throughout 10 country schools (Eketahuna, Alfredton, Wainuioru, Whareama, Gladstone, Martinborough, Tinui, Pirinoa, Kahutara, Tiraumea) culminating in a north and south cluster tournament. Each town centre also runs a 6 week “Kiwi” cricket programme (Masterton, Carterton, Greytown and Featherston)
Coach Education is a high priority and this year we have had the most successful turn out to our “coaching a team” &” teach your child” at home sessions. With over 40 coaches gaining qualifications in the first half of the 2011-12 season.
Secondary school junior boys and girls teams play in the “Morning Grade” competition whilst the seniors play in the local “Open Grade” competition. There are also Midweek “Super 8″ and indoor cricket competitions for both boys and girls.
Wairarapa is lucky to have the services of Irish international and CD Hinds representative Eimear Richardson to help promote and develop Women’s cricket throughout the region. Eimear has thus far successfully run a coaching programme for all interested women cricketers and set up under 18 and under 15 training squads.
Our senior men’s competition incorprates many forms of cricket with 2 day, declaration, one day and T20 cricket being played in the Wairarapa.
Junior cricket is run in 3 separate grades. The beginners (5-7 year olds) play in the “kiwi” grade which is similar to the English “pairs cricket” format. The next step up is our “Incrediball” grade which generally consists of 8-10 year olds and is the beginning of more of a formal style of cricket. (Both Kiwi and Incrediball are played on Friday evenings) Our third grade is called “Hardball” and this is the traditional form of cricket. Hardball is played on a Saturday morning between 9am-12pm and is a combination of 25 over per side and 2 day cricket.