The highlight of the Cricket Development calendar took place this week with nine teams competing in North and South country read more ...
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 9th 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 5 teams representing the Wairarapa for the 2013-14 season. Year 6-7 Boys “Development”, Year 7-8 Boys “Development”, under 15 Girls, Under 15 Boys and Under 17 Boys.
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 a “Coaching Roadshow” has been taking place throughout the clubs.
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 Simon Roseingrave as the coordinator for Girls/Women’s cricket. Simon puts in countless hours and has been inspirational in the transformation of girls cricket in the last season or two with the Wairarapa now boasting an impressive 13 female sides throughout all Junior Grades. Simon has also set up an Under 15 girls representative team and has squad trainings on a fortnightly basis. For anyone interested in girls cricket please contact Simon on 0274956884
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 in the “Super 8’s” format. Both “Kiwi” and “Incrediball” cricket are inclusive games where every player gets to bat for four overs and bowl a minimum of two overs. (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.