Wellington Wanderers make the Basin their new home

The Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club is coming home to the Cello Basin Reserve as part of a new partnership with Cricket Wellington.

The Wanderers and Cricket Wellington have agreed a new partnership which will see Cricket Wellington deliver the Wanderer’s day-to-day operations including event delivery, the cricket playing program and management of a new membership model.

The partnership provides the Wanderers and its committee with the ability to create new and improved Wanderers' events, establish new cricket development opportunities for male and female secondary school players and establish a formal tie with the Basin Reserve Trust.

The new partnership also means the Wanderers will now be based at the Cello Basin Reserve with new clubrooms and function space at the top of the RA Vance Stand.

Wanderers president Willie Marshall said the new partnership was built on shared values of growth and connection.

"The Wanderers CC and all our members, both here in Wellington and throughout New Zealand, are excited for the next chapter in the club’s history,” said Marshall.

“Fundamentally, partnering with Cricket Wellington was an easy decision as we share a common commitment to growing the game at grassroots and particularly cricket in our region’s secondary schools.

Connecting past players, at all levels, is a focus for the Wanderers, so working closely with Cricket Wellington creates a real opportunity to bring together the past Wellington cricketing alumni of former Blaze and Firebirds players, and develop a new base of club members, whilst extending our mutual legacies together.

We have such a rich and proud history, started by Dutchy du Chateau and John Standish back in 1946.

“It's incumbent upon myself and the Committee to do everything we can to ensure our members feel proud to be part of the Wanderers and want to help us give back to the game we all love.”

Cricket Wellington CEO said the partnership aligns with Cricket Wellington’s strategic objective of having more people playing and loving cricket.

“The Wellington Wanderers has a rich and proud history here in Wellington and their commitment both to developing young cricketers and connecting past players cannot be understated,” he said.

“The club plays an important role in the cricket community in the Capital, and we are delighted to be able to support them with their functions, which ultimately help us continue to grow cricket in Wellington.

“Willie and the team do a fantastic job of connecting the community with cricket and we look forward to supporting them with their ambitions, ahead of what is going to be an exciting summer of cricket.”

More information on the Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club and their many events and services can be found at www.wandererscc.org

Article added: Wednesday 20 July 2022