Cricket is played at most primary schools. CJCA oversees schools cricket and is a keen supporter. CJCA provides the Christchurch Primary Schools Shield which has been played for since 1899. This historic shield is believed to be the oldest cricketing trophy in New Zealand, it went missing for 68 years until it was found and resurrected for competition in 2009.
The National Primary Schools Cricket Championships enables schools to compete to win the National Cup (for boys) and the National Shield (for girls). It is for young cricketers aged 11 to 13 years old. The national finals tournament is held in mid-December every year.
MIXED TEAMS OF 10 – Sees the running a weekly 10-a-side Mixed competition held at schools around Christchurch.� There is a competitive RED section in addition to 2 lower tiers BLACK (middle grade) and the lowest WHITE grade for less experienced learner teams.
Soft Incrediballs are used meaning there is no need for protective equipment. Fielders (except the wicketkeeper) must be 10 metres away from batters and each pair pats for 2 overs.� Should a batter go out a bonus 3 runs will be added to the bowling teams score.
In the RED section – Balls that are wide, too high or bounce twice are deemed no balls or wides and are counted as 1 run to the batting team BUT ARE REBOWLED UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 8 BALLS IN THE OVER.
In the BLACK & WHITE sections Balls that are wide, too high or bounce twice are deemed no balls or wides and mean the batter gets a free hit of a ball placed on a batting tee.
The batter gets 1 chance to hit the ball forward of the wicket on the “Off-side” to earn runs.� Bowlers are limited to a one over each – everyone MUST bowl.
Entries for the 2020 competition close in September and the competition will run from October & November with a finals day featuring the top 8 teams from the RED and BLACK sections at the Polo Grounds and Hagley Corner in Hagley Park.
FINALS DAY FOR 2020 IS PLANNED FOR FRIDAY THE 11TH OF DECEMBER