The East Christchurch-Shirley Cricket Club was formed in 1905 and is one of the premier cricket clubs in Christchurch. It is based at Burwood Park in the North East of Christchurch City. The club’s main ground is generally considered the best club ground in Christchurch as is our number one pitch.
East Christchurch-Shirley is the home of former NZ representatives Craig McMillan, Nathan Astle and Michael Papps plus numerous Canterbury representatives. In the past English professionals such as Damian D’Oliveira, Mark Robinson, Dominic Cork and Darren Gough have all played for the club.
The club’s Premier Mens team plays in the Premier Club Competition in Christchurch Metro Cricket. They play a mixture of two innings matches [played over two Saturdays], 50 Over One Day matches and T20 cricket. Games are mostly played on Saturdays from 10.30am to 6.00pm although there is the occasional Sunday game.
Games for the Premier side start in the first weekend in October and finish on the last weekend in March. There is a 2 – 3 week break over the Christmas and New Year holiday period where no matches are played.
The club has two trainings a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These are held at our home ground Burwood Park using the clubs grass practice facilities. The Premier and 2nd teams train together as a squad.
Coaching opportunities may also be available through the club. These generally involve coaching in the junior section of the club or at the local High School.
Every Saturday teams return to the clubrooms for team talks and to discuss the day’s cricket in a social setting. Various other social events are held through the season. There is a good deal of comradery amongst the Premier playing squad and they often socialise as a group outside of cricket.
East Christchurch Shirley look forward to having you play cricket for our club. The club has an excellent clubrooms based at Burwood Park, top quality facilities and our club members are very welcoming. We believe you will have a very exciting and enjoyable time playing at East Shirley.