All aboard for the McDonald’s Super Smash


A new holiday-friendly scheduling window, a fresh push towards family-oriented times and venues, and a change in sponsor – these are the main features of the revamped McDonald’s Super Smash, coming soon to a ground near you.

The 2016-17 men’s domestic T20 competition will start in early December, be played in predominantly afternoon timeslots and will be staged in some of the country’s favourite holiday spots, including Central Otago, Nelson, and Mt Maunganui.

In another departure from last season’s format, the finals will be played at the home venue of the highest-placed team, rather than at grounds confirmed at the outset of the competition.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the McDonald’s Super Smash was designed to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of kiwis as they approached and enjoyed the summer holiday season.

“There has always been a ‘happy days’ element to this time of the year and we think it’s perfect for attracting New Zealanders of all demographics  – mums, dads, teen and tweens ,” said Mr White.

“The twenty-over format is all about entertainment and having fun, and we have unashamedly built the competition around that.”

Of the 30 regular season games, 13 will be televised live on SKY Sport and just six are scheduled for the later, 7.10pm start.

In addition, SKY Sport will televise live both the elimination final and the grand final.

Besides the bigger city venues, the McDonald’s Super Smash will also be hosted at popular holiday destinations such as Alexandra’s Molyneux Park, Nelson’s Saxton Oval and Mt Maunganui’s Bay Oval.

Mr White said a lot of energy had been spent on creating a dynamic, modern and exciting format, tailored around meeting the demands of all New Zealanders.

“We’ve listened closely to what people want in terms of the domestic T20 competition and believe the new McDonald’s Super Smash is ideally positioned to meet those demands.”


Reigning KFC T20 Big Bash League Champions, Sydney Thunder will cross the Tasman for the second year running as they visit Christchurch to face the Canterbury Kings at Hagley Oval on Friday 2 December.

The reigning KFC T20 Big Bash League Champions will use the trip to play a strong opposition and expose members of the Thunder Academy to high level competition.

Ryan Gibson, Nathan McAndrew and Chris Green all featured in squads for Thunder in BBL05 after putting in impressive performances last year in New Zealand.

Director of Cricket and former Thunder captain Michael Hussey, who took part in last year’s tour believed the trip was a crucial factor to the sides’ success last season.

“The tour is a huge opportunity for our younger players, to showcase themselves against a top quality opposition” said Director of Cricket Michael Hussey.

“It also provides an avenue for members of the squad who are not playing first class cricket to work on their T20 skills.”

“Hagley Oval is a great place to play cricket, there was a big crowd there last year and it all plays a part in preparing the team for the Big Bash.”

“We now have some very talented players in our Academy, and for the few youngsters selected, playing games like this should help bridge the gap between Grade cricket and the Big Bash.”

All-rounder Shane Watson made his debut for Thunder last season in New Zealand and is looking forward to getting back in the lime green after successful stints in the Indian Premier League and Caribbean Premier League.

“The trip to Christchurch provides great preparation” said Shane Watson.

“It’s a beautiful city, the facilities are excellent at Hagley Oval.”

“It’s brilliant for the young players to get exposure to quality opposition but also for me and Huss to get to know the emerging Thunder plays a bit better, so it works both ways.”

Last season saw Thunder sign Henry Nicholls as an overseas injury replacement player for two games, with General Manager Nick Cummins praising the relationship between the two clubs.

“We are delighted to return to Christchurch in the lead up to BBL06,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Nick Cummins.

“Last year’s tour provided ideal preparation for a number of our players and we learned a lot about where our Academy players were in their development.”

“We’ve forged a very productive partnership with Canterbury which has had significant benefit for both parties.”

“They beat us last time, so we are keen to set the record straight this December!”


A focus on developing local talent is starting to pay dividends for Canterbury Cricket with 13 of the 14 first round contract players having represented Canterbury at Under 19 level or below.  The other highlight of the contract list is the young average age of 24 including the three centrally contracted NZ players.

There are three players contracted for the first time – Will Williams (Canterbury Country), Henry Shipley (Canterbury Country) and Michael Davidson (Christchurch Metro).

Henry Nicholls has been elevated up to a central contract with Hamish Bennett and Ryan McCone moving away from Canterbury this season.  Ronnie Hira has accepted full time employment in Auckland but may still be available for the Kings in the domestic T20 competition.

Director of Cricket and Head Coach, Gary Stead, said “this is a very exciting contract list in terms of both talent and potential.  We have a wonderful mix of experience with the likes of Ellis, Fulton and Astle and youth with the addition of several new contracted players.

A stated objective of Canterbury Cricket is to have 90% of our contracted players developed from Under 19 level down and we have seen this philosophy of focusing on developing our own talent pay off with this years contracted players.

It shows a clear attainable pathway for cricketers in Canterbury from the junior grades, through youth cricket and adult cricket to full Canterbury representation.”



Former Australian swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus will bolster the Canterbury Kings’ pace stocks for the first half of the Twenty20 competition.

Canterbury have signed the 33-year-old right-armer for their first six McDonald’s Super Smash matches prior to Christmas.

Hilfenhaus will debut for the Kings at Hagley Oval on Friday when they take on defending Australian Big Bash champions Sydney Thunder in a pre-season clash.

The Thunder are captained by former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who will make a one-off cameo for the Kings in their Super Smash opener against the Central Stags in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Hilfenhaus took 99 test wickets in 27 tests, while also playing 25 ODIs and seven T20 internationals between 2007-12.

The burly Tasmanian retired from first class cricket in February due to injury issues.

He still plays T20s and will feature for the Melbourne Stars again this summer, who are coached by former Black Caps’ captain Stephen Fleming.

Hilfenhaus was the ninth top wicket taker in last season’s Big Bash, capturing 10 at 20.80 from eight matches.

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon said Hilfenhaus’ vast experience would be a strong boost for the Kings.

Canterbury quicks Ed Nuttall and Kyle Jamieson have been impressive in the Plunket Shield, but are raw in the T20 form. Jamieson is yet to play a domestic T20.

“We were looking for an experienced pace bowler that could help our group. We’ve got [captain] Andrew Ellis, but that’s the extent of the experience really when you look at our pace bowling group,” Germon said.

“I know he’s keen to help the squad and the younger bowlers within the squad as well.”

Germon said their connection with Fleming had been vital in snaring Hilfenhaus, who was keen for cricket leading into the Big Bash, which starts in late December.

The Kings have a close relationship with the Thunder franchise, who Canterbury beat by nine runs in a T20 friendly last December,

With the Thunder’s campaign starting six days earlier than the Stars, it had been difficult to snap up a Sydney player for Canterbury’s early matches.

Germon was hopeful they might be able to get a Thunder overseas player or others on the fringes of the squad for matches later in the Super Smash.

“We’re looking at a couple of options. Guys just out of their Big Bash squad are still very good cricketers.

“They need to be better cricketers than what we’ve got.”

Germon is targeting a crowd of between 2000-3000 for the Kings’ match against the Thunder.

The Thunder won’t be at full strength, but their side includes Watson, explosive former Canterbury batsman Aiden Blizzard and ex-Australian seamer Clint McKay.


Ben Hilfenhaus’ stats for Australia 2007-12:

Tests:  99 wickets at 28.50 in 27 tests.

ODIs:  29 wickets at 37.06  in 25 matches.

T20Is:  9 wickets at 17.88 in 7 matches.

 Article courtesy of Stuff 

Written by Brendon Egan

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Ben Hilfenhaus’ stats for Australia 2007-12:

Tests:  99 wickets at 28.50 in 27 tests.

ODIs:  29 wickets at 37.06  in 25 matches.

T20Is:  9 wickets at 17.88 in 7 matches.

 – Stuff


The 2016-17 Canterbury Cricket Awards Evening was held on Saturday the 8th of April in the Hadlee Pavilion at Hagley Oval.

Celebrating what had been an outstanding season with our First XI Men’s and Women’s teams winning three out of the five National competitions we recognised these achievements as well as our top individual performers. We also celebrated the retirements of two long-serving players of the game; Rachel Candy and Peter Fulton.

See the list of our Award Winners below:


Red & Black Inductee: Debbie Hockley


Special Awards: 

Cole McConchie

Maiden First Class Century

103 vs Otago

14 November 2016

Queens Park, Invercargill

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Chad Bowes

Maiden First Class Century for Canterbury

155 vs Auckland Aces

24 November, 2016

Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Kate Ebrahim

Maiden Century for Canterbury

100* vs Auckland

12 February 2017

Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Kyle Jamieson

Maiden 10 wickets in a match

11-160 vs Auckland Aces

23 November, 2016

Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Peter Fulton

Fastest 1-day century in New Zealand

116* off 58 balls vs Wellington Firebirds

Ford Trophy Final

24 November, 2016

Mainpower Oval, Rangiora

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Canterbury Kings Award – Player’s Player:

Henry Nicholls

Maddy Lloyd Photography


Canterbury Magicians Awards

Bowler of the Year – Amy Satterthwaite

Batter of the Year – Frances Mackay

Canterbury Magicians Player of the Year – Frances Mackay



Canterbury Men’s Awards

Bowler of the Year – Todd Astle

Batter of the Year – Cole McConchie

Canterbury Men’s Player of the Year – Todd Astle



Images courtesy of PHOTOSPORT NZ & Maddy Lloyd Photography


Jeremy Curwin has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Canterbury Cricket. Jeremy Curwin replaces Lee Germon who has accepted a role as the General Manager of Sydney Thunder.

Canterbury Cricket Board Chairman, Ashley Taggart, said that Jeremy Curwin was a stand-out candidate in a very qualified field of applicants and that he brought with him an understanding of elite sport and running highly motivated teams towards goals and a common vision. Jeremy Curwin excelled as being a strategic thinker, with a high attention to detail and possessing strong leadership skills.

Jeremy Curwin’s most previous role has been as the Head of Commerical Operations at Somerset County Cricket Club. In his 5 years in this role, he has helped Somerest CCC increase their sponsorship revenue by 30% year on year as well as bucking the national trend in the UK, by increasing the Somerset CCC membership base. He introduced a media and digital strategy that led to subsequent increases in social media following at the Somerset CCC.

Prior to that, Jeremy Curwin has worked at Bath Rugby Club as their Commercial Manager and Marketing and Communications Director and with Red Bull where he was the Regional Brand Manager and the Mainstream Sports Manager.

Jeremy Curwin will start his role in late September and will move to Christchurch with his partner and young family.


New Zealand’s Christmas and New Year holiday season will once again be jam-packed with explosive T20 action, this time with a new name and partner.

The Burger King Super Smash will again focus on the festive part of the summer, beginning at a slightly later date of 13 December and culminating in a final on 20 January.

The 2017-18 Burger King Super Smash will include:

  • A total of 32 matches; 30 round robin matches, an elimination playoff between 2nd & 3rd, and the Final
  • The competition will be played across 11 different venues between Invercargill and Auckland
  • SKY Sport will broadcast 15 of the matches, including both the elimination match and Final
  • There will be live commentary of 15 matches on radio sport, while all matches will be live-scored on

New Zealand Cricket’s CEO, David White, said the public had made it clear what the best window for the shortest format was.

“We made some changes to our T20 competition last year and the feedback we received was really positive,” said White.

“The popularity of the games being played over the Christmas and New Year period really shone through, so you can expect to see even more of that this season.

“The atmosphere and quality of cricket played in 2016-17 was exceptional and we want to use that momentum coming into this year’s competition.”

White added that Burger King’s enthusiasm in helping to promote T20 cricket was a huge asset of the new partnership.

“Obviously they have a significant profile which stretches across New Zealand, so their involvement is going to be hugely valuable and we’re lucky to have them on board.”

James Woodbridge, BK’s GM-Marketing believes the brands involvement can elevate the competition to a new level, leveraging off the learnings from Joseph Parkers “Road to the Title” campaign.

“The competition has all the ingredients to engage main stream NZ in a similar vein to other high profile Twenty20 competitions around the world. We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring summer to life with the Burger King Super Smash”

The women’s domestic schedule and remainder of the men’s domestic schedule will be released in the coming days.

Full Burger King Super Smash schedule:


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