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EDITION NO.12 //February 2007
01 Introduction 02 Robbie Hart Bats for Heart Kids 02 Career and Personal Development Programme 02 Bell Gully Client/Partner Events 03 Deloitte Domestic Player of the Month Awards 03 NZCT Hooked on Cricket Programme 03 Corporate Golf Day 03 National Masters Cricket 03 Shayne O’Connor 04 Destination West Indies 05 Membership 05 Hardship Fund 05 Domestic Leaderboard 05 Contacts 06 NZCPA Sponsors 06 NZCPA Business Club
needs to take a large amount of credit for that. On a personal note I would like to thank Martin for his support of the NZCPA and the value he has placed on the role and success of our organisation. His wise head, exemplary organisation and considered approach will be sorely missed in cricket both here in NZ, at ICC level, and also by the NZCPA. I wish him all the best in the years ahead and I am certain he will not be too far away from taking more than a passing interest in the management of our great summer game! Congratulations to the Auckland team for their outstanding performances in the last few weeks to capture both the State Twenty 20 and State Shield titles under the leadership of Richard Jones. The challenge now goes out to the other teams to prevent a three peat from Auckland as the focus of our domestic competition now turns to the State Championship. A real highlight of the last couple of months has been the emergence of Mark Gillespie, Ross Taylor and Jeetan Patel at international level. This certainly bodes well for the future and once again highlights the standard of our domestic competition and its ability to produce quality international players. As we know the New Zealand team has been steadily building towards the World Cup for the past six months. There is no question the team has not achieved the on-field results they expected against Sri Lanka or in Australia, but they certainly have the players and the team environment to do the job in the Caribbean and win the World Cup for New Zealand for the first time. Finally, I am sure you all join me in wishing Stephen Fleming and the team all the best in the West Indies Heath Mills Executive Manager
Dear Members Just when we thought we were about to get through a New Zealand cricket season without any major issues to deal with, Martin Snedden surprised us all and announced his departure as Chief Executive, effective later this year. Martin is moving on to become Chief Executive of Rugby World Cup 2011 in what is an outstanding appointment by the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Government. I know there a number of people who are now breathing more easily as we are now certain to have an excellent event in 2011 with him at the helm. While the appointment is a triumph for rugby, it is certainly disappointing for the NZ cricket community. Martin has been an outstanding leader at the helm of NZC for the past 5 years, displaying excellent management and communication skills in what can be a very demanding role. This was no more evident than in 2001 when 120 players decided they would form a players’ association and fight for a collective agreement to be implemented across the nation’s domestic and international cricket! Although that time proved to be somewhat challenging to say the least, once it was completed the NZCPA very quickly developed a quality working relationship with NZC. In many ways this can be attributed to Martin’s understanding of the importance of having quality player representation and involvement in all aspects of game’s management. During Martin’s tenure we have worked with NZC to address the standard of training and playing facilities throughout the country, implemented and now manage a world-class contract system, improved the quality of match scheduling, and introduced a number of quality player communication mediums like the annual players’ conference. There is no doubt the environment for players is now light years ahead of where it was pre-2001 and Martin
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Robbie Hart bats for Heart Kids
International cricketers Robbie Hart, Sir Richard Hadlee, Scott Styris and many more sporting heroes and celebrities will go into bat for children with heart conditions in this month's 'Heart Kids 12 Days of Cricket'. Initiated by former New Zealand wicketkeeper Robbie Hart and with the support of Heart Children New Zealand and NZC, the 'Heart Kids 12 Days of Cricket' will include a charity auction of sporting memorabilia and experiences. The auction includes experiences such as morning tea with Helen Clark, John Key or Winston Peters, lunch with Sir Richard Hadlee, lawns mowed by Scott Styris and opportunities for a round of golf with some of New Zealand's top cricketers. Rob Hart and wife Sarah's daughter Lucy, (11 months) was born with a congenital heart condition. "Sarah and I have been really humbled by the level of care and support our family has received over this last year," says Rob. "The Heart Kids 12 Days of Cricket is our way of giving something back." The charity auction has been a real team effort, according to Hart. "We've put together a fantastic online auction. We've got some great memorabilia on offer from the NZ team, Possum Bourne, the All Blacks and many others. It's well worth a look." The auction can be viewed on www.trademe.co.nz and will open on 14 February 2007, a day also known as International Congenital Heart Disease Day. Twelve babies every week are born with a heart defect making it New Zealand's most common serious birth abnormality. Each year over 1000 babies and children will receive treatment or surgery, 400 will have life saving surgery on hearts that are the size of a walnut. Money raised from the Heart Kids 12 Days of Cricket charity auction will go towards the purchase of specialist hospital equipment and to provide support and services for heart kids and their families. Sir Richard Hadlee, cricketing legend and patron of Heart Children New Zealand's Zipper Kids Club says funds raised will make a real difference to the level of care and support Heart Children can provide.
Visit the Heart Kids 12 Days of Cricket online auction on www.trademe.co.nz and make a bid, phone 0900 4 HEART (0900 443 278) for a $20 donation, or text HEART to 469 for $3.
The business coaches will also take on a long-term mentoring role with players helping them make introductions to potential employers, build their community and commercial networks, and grow their awareness of the transferable and highly sought after skills that professional cricketers possess. The programme is also developing opportunities for players to increase the value of their personal brand and public profile. We are working to give players access to advice in this area and the opportunity to take up ambassador roles with community and national organisations. We would like to offer these roles to players at all levels and we are focusing on links with progressive organisations in areas such as youth development, mental health and outdoor recreation. The aim of these roles is to build the business networks of players, their own world experiences, and start the process of positive personal branding. The programme is starting to take shape well and appears to be on track to deliver some meaningful options to players by the end of this season. It has been met with great enthusiasm by the commercial sector as well as those who will provide personal advice and development for the players. Many thanks go out to the businesses and individuals already on board. _________________________________
Career & Personal Development Programme
Over the last month a number of initiatives have been progressed as part of the Career and Personal Development Programme. These opportunities will be presented to players and administrators during the last round of the State Championship in March. All stakeholders will be welcome to comment on this draft and players can start to take up the services where available. Some great options are coming together including risk management, financial planning, taxation and property advice, counseling services and memberships for professional associations, as well as career and public relations advice and resources for business skills and business start up. Players will also be given the opportunity to start building their business knowledge and networks through the commercial mentoring initiative. We have around 30 successful and motivating business people across a range of industries who will work with players to provide invaluable insights into the workplace and the business world, as well as help players better plan their career paths.
A group of current New Zealand players gathered at Wellington College on the eve of the second Test against Sri Lanka in December to meet and play backyard cricket with many invited guests of Bell Gully and their children. This was the second of two events the NZCPA has been involved with in conjunction with the leading law firm and a steamy Wellington evening was the setting for a fantastic night of fine food, drinks, backyard cricket and great conversation. Bell Gully has been a great supporter of the NZCPA and the players appreciated the opportunity to meet with many of their partners and key clients. The players represented the NZCPA extremely well and enjoyed themselves in the wonderful surroundings of Wellington College.
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Harris Wins Player of the Month Award for January
Veteran Canterbury all-rounder Chris Harris had an outstanding month of cricket in January in the shortened forms of the game, excelling with both bat and ball. In January he scored over 300 runs in the State Shield at an average of close to 60, and took nine wickets at an economy rate of 3.9. In the State Twenty20 he topped the run aggregate with 237 runs, including an amazing knock against Auckland of 100 from a mere 52 balls. To emphasise his brilliant all-round form he also picked up 7 wickets at an economy rate of 6.4. Harris was pushed hard for this month’s award by Grant Elliot, Nathan McCullum, Craig Cumming and Bradley Scott who all had excellent months in their own right. Central Districts' Peter Ingram won the award for December due to a batting average of 110 for the month. Including a high score of 166* against Canterbury in round four. ND’s Daniel Vettori was the Player of the month in November. The Deloitte Domestic Player of the Month Awards recognise outstanding performers in domestic cricket during the season and is determined by a panel of past players comprising Kerry Walmsley, Matthew Hart and Rob Lawson. The winner receives a Casio watch courtesy of Monaco and a bottle of wine form Brookfield’s vineyard. __________________________________
South Auckland, Rotorua, Aranui and Porirua will be a step closer to getting involved in our summer game and hopefully nagging mum and dad to take them down to the local club. We appreciate the amazing support of the NZ Community Trust which has been instrumental in the NZCPA being able to deliver such a great programme over the summer. We are now working with them to develop the programme further next year. Special mention must also go to the firstclass players in each of Auckland, Wellington, ND and Canterbury who have made fantastic contributions to the success of the programme and are committed to this community initiative.
Teams from all six Major Associations are to take part in the tournament to be held at Auckland’s Devonport Domain from March 30 – April 1. The excitement is building as some of New Zealand’s finest ex-cricketers pit their skills against each other in a weekend of action, fun and reminiscing. This excellent tournament is an ideal opportunity for the NZCPA to assist past players to stay involved in the game and get them to together to celebrate their careers. We are delighted to be organising this year’s event and look forward to the opening night in March. _________________________________
NZCPA Corporate Golf Day
The annual NZCPA Corporate Golf Day will be a significant focus for the Association over the coming weeks. This important event takes place on Tuesday 27 February at Titirangi Golf Club in Auckland. All proceeds from the NZCPA Corporate Golf Day go to the NZCPA Hardship Fund for past players who have fallen on hard times. We are delighted that 16 corporate groups have already committed their support to this event and our hardship programme. We are hosting Sir Bob Charles on the day and after a chipping demonstration for all participants he will be playing at least one hole with each of the groups in the Ambrose event. Following the golf, the New Zealand players will continue on to a farewell function later that night before embarking on their World Cup challenge the next day, headed to the West Indies. __________________________________
Hooked on Cricket
Linden Park in Porirua was the setting for the last of this season’s NZCT Hooked on Cricket Tournaments. The programme has been a huge success at the four centres, and the Wellington event was a brilliant end to what has been a great summer of action. The tournaments target low-decile schools from communities that are perhaps not used to the thwack of willow on leather. We hope that after the ‘NZCT Hooked on Cricket experience’ young children from
Where Is He Now: Shayne O'Connor
Left-arm seamer and swing bowler Shayne O'Connor played for Otago in domestic cricket for 10 years and represented New Zealand in 19 Tests and 38 ODIs. He retired from top level cricket in 2003. His last match for the national team was a Test match in Brisbane against Australia in 2001.
Mercure National Masters Cricket Tournament
The Mercure National Cricket Masters are fast approaching and past players from around the country are starting to dust off their whites ready for action in late March.
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Born: Hastings, Hawkes Bay. Lives: Alexandra, Central Otago. Works: "I own a wee orchard and business manufacturing fruit products, and I also work for a tour operator on the Otago Central rail trail." Family: Wife Camille, son Thomas another baby due in July 2006 Batting approach: "Survive - physically first, at the wicket second." Where did you like to field?: "Somewhere out on the boundary." Which cricket mates do you keep in touch with most often? "The Otago boys." Gear used: Gunn & Moore Best year of first-class cricket? "It would have been the 1996/97 season for Otago, and then NZ selection followed after that." Nicknames? "Shayno obviously, or Weapon. I was quoted in a newspaper as saying: 'I never realised what a huge weapon it was until I got to Australia.' (Of course I was referring to my ability to swing the ball!)" Thoughts on NZ cricket: "As usual I think we lack depth which means some get left carrying a heavier burden. These players are at greater risk of injury and burnout. With all guns blazing we're as spectacular as any team to watch." Biggest change in cricket since you started playing? "The increased pay scale for first-class players - great to see!" Worst room-mate? "Warren McSkimming - you can't shut him up, when you do he wakes up like a coiled spring all over again!" Best bowler faced: "Brett Lee - because he was very fast!" Best batsman bowled to: "Matthew Hayden - in the right frame of mind he could hit the ball very long and hard, no matter where I bowled it!" Biggest cricketing frustration: "Why won't the ball go where I want it to???" Favourite cricketer: "Allan Donald - such a great bowling action and athlete - and a top bloke!" Favourite ground: "Centurion in Pretoria very picturesque, awesome changing rooms, players' area and views, plus a great pitch and outfield." Favourite commentator: Ian Smith Last cricket match played: Pelichet Bay CC vs Otago U19, December 2005.
The tournament proper starts against a resurgent English team on 16 March, a side that will probably be bolstered by the return of Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan. NZ and England play all of their pool games on the island of St Lucia. From there, NZ play the minnows Kenya (who we defaulted to in 2003) and a Canadian team featuring Kiwi faces Geoff Barnett and Ian Billcliff, as well as slogging captain John Davison. In the Super Eights we play the other six top teams (excluding England and ourselves), then it is on to the semi-finals and optimistically the final. NZ’s schedule: Pool games Fri 16 March, starts 2.45am Saturday NZ time (9.45am local time): v England, St Lucia Tue 20 March, starts 1.45am Wednesday NZ time (9.45am local time): v Kenya, St Lucia Thu 22 March, starts 1.45am Friday NZ time (9.45am local time): v Canada, St Lucia Super Eight Thu 29 March, starts 1.45am Friday NZ time (9.45am local time): v West Indies, Antigua Mon 2 April, starts 1.45am Tuesday NZ time (9.45am local time): v India, Antigua Mon 9 April, starts 1.45am Tuesday NZ time (9.45am local time): v Pakistan, Guyana Thu 12 April, starts 1.45am Friday NZ time (9.45am local time): v Sri Lanka, Grenada Sat 14 April, starts 1.45am Sunday NZ time (9.45am local time): v South Africa, Grenada Fri 20 April, starts 1.45am Saturday NZ time (9.45am local time): v Australia, Grenada Finals Tue 24 April 1st Semi Final, starts 2.45am Wednesday NZ time (9.45am local time): 2 v 3, Jamaica (1 hr time difference) Wed 25 April 2nd Semi Final, starts 1.45am Thursday NZ time (9.45am local time): 1 v 4, St Lucia Sat 28 April Final, starts Sunday 1.45am NZ time (9.45am local time): Barbados _________________________________
Destination: The West Indies
The 15-man New Zealand squad for the Cricket World Cup was named this month. The main interest centred on the return from the wilderness of pace bowler Daryl Tuffey. Daryl’s been out of the international set-up for two years after he tore a tendon in his right shoulder. The World Cup squad is: Stephen Fleming (c) Shane Bond James Franklin Peter Fulton Mark Gillespie Michael Mason Brendon McCullum Craig McMillan Jacob Oram Jeetan Patel Scott Styris Ross Taylor Daryl Tuffey Daniel Vettori Lou Vincent Players named in the preliminary squad of 30 but not selected in the final 15 were: Andre Adams, Nathan Astle (retired), Chris Harris, Paul Hitchcock, Jamie How, Hamish Marshall, James Marshall, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills (injured), Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Iain O'Brien, Mark Orchard and Mathew Sinclair. The New Zealand World Cup campaign starts with warm-up matches in the West Indies against Bangladesh (6 March, Barbados) and perennial foes Sri Lanka (9 March, Barbados).
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The NZCPA has the following membership criteria: Current Players: Players are eligible to become members if they have a current Major Association or New Zealand Cricket contract or have played for their Major Association during the current season. Past Players: Players are eligible to become members if they have played either First Class or List A Limited Overs cricket for one of the six Major Associations or a first-class team in New Zealand. Our members comprise both current and past first-class cricketers of New Zealand – we currently have 175 members. Membership Fees There are three Membership Categories to the NZCPA. Annual Membership - Current Player The Membership Fees of all current players are covered under the terms of Master Agreement between the NZCPA, NZC and the six Major Associations. Annual Membership – Past Player The Annual Membership Fee is $30. Life Membership – Past Player A payment of $300 entitles the player to Life Membership of the NZCPA. Member Benefits Each member of the NZCPA will receive: NZCPA quarterly newsletter – Outright • Access to the NZCPA Business Club • Access to the NZCPA Business Directory • NZCPA email updates • Invitations to attend all NZCPA past player events _________________________________ •
The support provided may be financial, but could also extend to other areas such as counselling, depending on circumstances. Further information on the Fund is available from Heath Mills. ________________________________
Centuries State Championship 217 RL Taylor, CD v Otago 205 TG McIntosh, Auckland v Otago 166* PJ Ingram, CD v Canterbury 161* MD Bell, Wellington v Otago 160 GR Todd, Otago v Canterbury 160 RJ Nicol, Auckland v Otago 153 HJH Marshall, ND v CD 140 ME Parlane, Wellington v Otago 139* GJ Hopkins, Otago v Auckland 128 JAH Marshall, ND v Wellington 126* GJ Hopkins, Otago v CD 122 CZ Harris, Canterbury v Otago 121 MHW Papps, Canterbury v CD 120* DL Vettori, ND v CD 119 PJ Ingram, CD v Canterbury 118 GEF Barnett, CD v Otago 117* AR Adams, Auckland v Otago 117 CD McMillan, Canterbury v CD 112 NT Broom, Otago v Auckland 111 SB Haig, Otago v CD 109 MS Sinclair, CD v ND 103* BC Hiini, Canterbury v CD 102* GD Elliott, Wellington v ND 101 CD McMillan, Canterbury v Otago 101 MD Bell, Wellington v ND State Shield 152* JAH Marshall, ND v Canterbury 132 ME Parlane, Wellington v CD 129 L Vincent, Auckland v Canterbury 112 CD Cumming, Otago v ND 107* GD Elliott, Wellington v Canterbury 104 PJ Ingram, CD v ND 102* CD Cumming, Otago v ND 101 DW Houpapa, Auckland v Wellington Twenty20 100 CZ Harris, Canterbury v Auckland 5 Wickets State Championship 7-105 JM McMillan, Otago v Canterbury 5-33 GW Aldridge, ND v Auckland 5-37 SE Bond, Canterbury v ND 5-57 IE O'Brien, Wellington v Auckland 5-58 AR Adams, Auckland v Canterbury 5-93 MR Gillespie, Wellington v ND State Shield 5-40 MJ Harvie, Otago v ND 5-58 BJ Diamanti, CD v ND Twenty20 5-32 EP Thompson CD v Otago
Jacob Oram NZCPA STAFF Executive Manager Heath Mills 021 2890092 firstname.lastname@example.org Events Manager Kerry Walmsley 021 948344 email@example.com Career and Personal Development Manager Aidan Hobson 021 455677 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the NZCPA Website www.nzcpa.co.nz
The NZCPA Player Hardship Fund
The NZCPA Player Hardship Fund was established in March 2005 and is an important focus for the NZCPA. The fund will support past or present first-class cricketers and their families who suffer hardship and times of need.
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NZCPA Major Sponsors
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NZCPA Business Club
The NZCPA Business Club connects business with our members through the provision of a preferential rates programme with our business partners. Details of the club and preferential rates can be found in the players only area of the NZCPA website www.nzcpa.co.nz
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