Wairarapa Cricket Association has a proud History, and a drive to be one of the most inclusive and diverse sporting organisations in New Zealand, with a particular focus on being a national leader in terms of female cricket participation.
Formed in 1894-95, Wairarapa Cricket has celebrated it share of on-field provincial success at all levels, including the primary symbol of Minor Association cricket in New Zealand, the Hawke Cup. This Trophy first came to the Wairarapa district in 1920 for a year, before returning again in 1950. Between 1976 and 1979 Wairarapa withstood seven challenges in a famous defensive campaign. As recently as the 2011/12 season, Wairarapa were the Furlong Cup (Central Districts) champions and traveled to play Hamilton in an unsuccessful challenge.
The Association can also boast about the development of a number of past and current Black Caps, White Ferns, First Class cricketers, and Major Association age-group representatives who have all plied and learned their trade within the region.
Current Black Cap Ross Taylor was raised in Masterton and played his junior cricket for Lansdowne, attended Wairarapa College where he played 1st XI cricket as well as represented Wairarapa at the Junior rep level. Recently selected Black Cap Seth Rance is a product of the Greytown Cricket Club, where he still plays when his commitments allow, and also attended Wairarapa College playing 1st XI cricket for the school.
Other recent players of note include Jesse Ryder who was born and raised in the district and was a member of Red Star Cricket Club as a junior. White Fern, Elizabeth Perry, played for Lansdowne Cricket Club as a junior, attended Chanel College and played senior womens club and representative cricket for Wairarapa. Black Cap Michael Mason was born and raised in the Wairarapa playing junior cricket for both Greytown club and Wairarapa JCB rep teams whilst Doug Bracewell (nephew of Wairarapa and Central Districts stalwart of the same name) had 4 years of schooling at Rathkeale College.
The Bracewell name is also represented in historic New Zealand representative performers from the district – notably Brendon played for the Wairarapa in the 1970’s. NZ representative left-armer Richard Collinge attended Wairarapa College and played for the province, whilst Keith Thompson, Mike Shrimpton and even Roger Twose represented Wairarapa and New Zealand at various stages.
As at the 2020/21 season Wairarapa are also able to boast a number of female First Class representatives. Melissa Hansen (ex-Wairarapa College & Lansdowne), Monique Rees, Anlo van Deventer (ex St Matthews), Gemma Sims (ex-St Matthews), Ocean Barlett (St Matthews) and Georgia Atkinson (ex-Wairarapa College and now representing Manawatu) are amongst the ranks of the Central Districts Hinds, whilst Kate Sims (ex-St Matthews) was selected by the Canterbury Magicians for the season.
During 2020/21, Stefan Hook (Red Star) was selected consistently at Central Districts A level, following his Central Stags debut in the previous season.
The Wairarapa Cricket Association currently has two Premier Mens clubs – United and Red Star participating in the Coastal Challenge competition against clubs from the Horowhenua-Kapiti and Whanganui Districts. Participating in local Men’s competitions are Greytown (which is the second oldest cricket club in New Zealand, est. 1867 and celebrated its 150th in February 2017), Marist Old Boys, Red Star and Lansdowne, along with Carterton teams from Rathkeale College. The Wairarapa College 1st XI currently competes in a Wellington College competition. You can find more information about the various competitions on our Men’s Cricket page.
In the 2019/20 season a new Womens Franchise competition (Wairarapa Womens Premier League) was established, involving four WCA hosted sides, the Fury, the Meteors, the Sapphires and the Infernos. This competition will be held over the months of December to February during each to allow for University Students to participate. More information on our female game can be found by following this link.
At secondary schools level there are various competitions catering for school 1st and 2nd XIs, Saturday morning Colts teams as well as a social Thursday T20 competition. Further information on Secondary Schools cricket can be found here.
For a list of senior club and secondary school contacts please refer to our Clubs & Schools Page
Wairarapa Cricket is especially proud of sustained and excellent growth in both female and junior participation. Carterton, Eketahuna, Martinborough and Hadlow School together with a number of the major senior clubs field teams across a range of competitions. For more information please refer to our Junior Cricket page.
As at 2020/21 season the WCA had approximately 1,100 cricketers registered in local competitions across all grades and ages. This represents the fourth consecutive year that more than one thousand people were participating in organised cricket in the area. On top of this, community delivery programmes & projects, both cricket and physical activity related, provide quality opportunities to a range of the Wairarapa population. More information about this delivery can be found on our Schools Programmes page.
All information about 2020/21 competitions and the WCA community can be found via our comprehensive handbook