Message From The Chair

“A feast of sport on our screens in June with the Lions Tour, the sailing and now the Champions Trophy is in full flight with great crowds and high quality cricket out of the UK. It is fantastic to see two Wellington players featuring in the squad, the selectors have finally seen the light and returned the dominant Luke Ronchi to the line-up; their wisdom rewarded by a classy 65 in the rained out opening game. From 19 June to 23 July 2017 the eleventh edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, and the third to be held in England will be streamed live so we can follow our three Wellington women’s champions; Sophie Devine, Rachel Priest and Amelia Kerr. New Zealand are scheduled to play on: 19, 21, 24, 28 June, 2, 6, 8, 12 and 15 July. The final is scheduled for 23 July. Did you know the first winner at a limited-overs World Cup was, in fact, not West Indies, but the England women’s team, at the first Women’s World Cup in 1973, two years before the first men’s event? And that New Zealander Debbie Hockley still holds the record for most runs scored in a Women’s World Cup.

On exciting matters closer to home I am sure you will join us in congratulating Bryan Dickinson on his recent appointment as Executive Director of College Sport. Bryan has been with Cricket Wellington for nine years and we are very proud of this appointment not to mention optimistic about the future of College Sport and namely of college cricket. Bryan will begin with College Sport at the beginning of July meaning he gets to spend three valuable weeks with Cam Mitchell, our new CEO who starts today.

Despite  not finishing his role with New Zealand Football until June 1 Cam took several days of leave to spend with cricket stakeholders around the country and with us here in Wellington.

Hot off the press we are celebrating one of our own receiving the Queens Service Medal; Evan Watkin has been a tireless servant to cricket, to umpiring and to our community for 35 seasons and richly deserves this Queen’s Birthday accolade: “Mr Evan Watkin has been a cricket umpire in Wellington since 1982 and has now completed 35 seasons umpiring the game, including 24 seasons from 1989 to 2013 on New Zealand Cricket’s First Class panel.
During those 24 seasons Mr Watkin umpired 135 First Class games, which included three Test matches, 177 One-day games including 23 One-day Internationals, and 38 Twenty20 games including three Internationals. He was on the Executive Committee of the local umpires association for 28 years, during which he spent 24 years as the appointments officer, 14 years as Treasurer, and eight years as Chairman. He was made a Life Member in 2010 and has a cup named after him, which is awarded to the most promising new umpire in Wellington each season. He has been working on updating the archive on New Zealand Cricket’s website since 2006. He has created a history of women’s domestic cricket, which began in 1932. Mr Watkin also runs a table tennis club in Porirua during the winter months.”

Thank you Evan we are so proud and grateful to have you as part of our community.

Please pencil into your diaries our Annual General Meeting on October 11, prior to that have a think about applying to become a Director on the Cricket Wellington Board, whilst the current Board is a strong one it is important that we are able to welcome new Directors and contributions so please think about applying. There will be a selection panel of 5 formed prior to the AGM.

Even if you’re not thinking about applying for a Board role we’re very interested in your view on Cricket Wellington and most importantly what we can do better.

As we hope you are aware Peter Dale Management Services is undertaking an independent review to ensure we are best equipped to deliver on our strategy; ideal timing with a new Chair, Cam’s arrival and the NZC One Cricket Review. The organisational assessment portion is now complete and Peter with his associate Matt are carrying out customer and stakeholder focus groups. Please can you get in touch with Peter if you’d like to be a part of these or if you have something you want Cricket Wellington to know as part of the Review: peterdale@xtra.co.nz. Cricket in Wellington will thrive when we all work together; lets connect cricket to the Capital!

Thank you, and as always please don’t hesitate to be in touch