About The CJCA
280 teams with 82 in Kiwi (a record). Des Crosbie joined the CJCA selection Panel.
Strong advances in coaching occurring and this had an evident impact in the strength of Christchurch’s sides to the South Island Tournament.
Team entries peaked at a total of 286 teams
Local coaching sponsorship has been given a welcome boost by Mike Dormer who set up a special fund following a club survey. (Refer Clause 18, Section E of CJCA Charter with respect to this fund.)
School girls swept on to the pitches, mostly in mixed teams. The Coman sisters became a force, but Jennifer Turner (now Mrs Logan) became a Canterbury and New Zealand bowler while Karen leComber, as a batter also later represented Canty and New Zealand – all of these coming from the Burnside West ChCh club – it’s junior section often numbering over 500 youngsters.
Over the last 20 Zone series, several records began to emerge. Ryan Nelson has scored the highest innings – 183 not out (EvS), he and Craig McMillan added 175 for the second wicket (EvN) and after 16 innings in Zones, Ryan had amassed the greatest aggregate of 840 runs @ 52.5 rpw. Bowlers to take bags of 7 wickets included Sam Inns, Justin Haley and Brent Harris the latter having the distinction of securing 14 wickets @ 6.2 rpw in a single series. After one series, Marcel McKenzie had the best batting average of 364.
The Zone series was introduced in conjunction with the Supporters’ Club and the Carnival week Festival. Played on a limited over basis, it proved an excellent introduction to representative cricket, providing all players with a share of participation.
The CJCA was formed, the Advisory tage dropped in favour of Junior Cricket.
Peter Phillpott’s coaching days proved popular as the late Freddie Truman at the CCA’s Centenary dinner. Finance from the Cricket Supporter’s Club assisted in the coaching and trials days.
John Capstick of Anderson & Hill sport Store headed the coaching and selection panel for the next ten seasons. His achievements were record-breaking. Mini tournaments had been held at Burnside and Ilam during November involving West Coast, Mid, North and South Canterbury. In return, local teams of varying and and talent toured. Up to 34 matched or outings were accomplished.
Clubs were allocated nearby schools to draw from and instruct the youngsters at net and open practice. 32 teams began play on 21 October 1961. Several managers took players out into the middle, giving them umpiring assistance
A season later, Club Delegates received a request from Invercargill to send two selected teams from Christchurch for the first South Island Schoolboys Cricket Tournament, for late January, 1963. Click here for details of that first Tournament.
The first meeting of the constituted Junior Advisory Board of the CCA was on October 9, 1961. A grant from the Internal Affairs Department of 250 pounds was received.
Thanks to the Canterbury Cricket Association Junior Cricket Committee and help from the Umpires Association, Schoolboy cricket soon blossomed in the late 1950′ and early 1960′
47 teams entered in competitions. Increased hours of Saturday morning play from 0930 to 1200 noon and holiday time “pick-up” matches. In lieu of cancelled South Island Tournament, Christchurch “A” & “D” sides played in Ashburton and Christchurch “B” & “C” sides played in Rangiora.