Clubs across Counties Manukau are gearing up for a big summer of cricket after huge growth in participation numbers in 2020-21.
Cricket Manager Peter Zanzottera is hopeful that despite the current lockdown making planning and preparations for the clubs more challenging than usual, once again we will see cricket boom across the summer.
“This is obviously a very challenging time for everyone in our region, but our clubs are continuing to do a power of work behind the scenes in preparation for the coming season,” Zanzottera said.
“Last season showed Counties Manukau to be one of the fastest growing areas for cricket in the country, and over 14,000 people from all across CMCA got to participate in some form of organised competition or programme.
“We are very hopeful that with our clubs offering their communities so many differing opportunities to play our summer game in a fun and enjoyable way, that this coming summer will again be a boom year.”
The Premier grade has expanded to include two new teams with Waiuku and Weymouth promoted to the top flight.
While Auckland remains in Level 4 lockdown the season is due to start on time in late October and there is every reason to think a start on time is likely.
“With the season planned to start in the last weekend of October, there is still a number of weeks for anyone who thinks they might be keen on giving cricket a go this summer to sign on, and join in the fun,” said CMCA Development Manager Serena Somlyai.
“We are adapting our competitions to ensure they service a wide range of formats and opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, including two girls only grades at primary school and intermediate level for the first time in over two decades, as well as the expansion of many of our new initiatives from last summer.”
Anyone keen to give cricket a go this summer, can find out more about what their local club offers and how to register by heading to the find a club page on the association’s website – www.countiesmanukaucricket.co.nz/find-a-club/.
Article Published by Counties Sports Hub