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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Tips To Help You Wash Your New Apartment


House wash Auckland can be as simple as washing windows and cabinets or as elaborate as painting, refacing and repairing the house. When an Auckland house is a rental property, it is important to maintain it well. This means that both the inside and outside of the house need to be kept clean and that the right cleaning products should be used.

Cleaning the inside of the house is fairly easy. Most rooms can be cleaned using a good carpet cleaner or upholstery cleaner, but there are times when you want to use something special for a particular room. For example, a tap will need special care or wax on it, while windows and doors may need special cleaning products.

After work, especially on Monday mornings, is usually a big issue for many renters. This can be avoided by using a rug under a chair or providing a cushion on the floor. It may also be a good idea to close all the curtains for a few hours or put towels in each bedroom to prevent leaks. Once the rooms are dry, they should be vacuumed and mopped.

Washing and cleaning the outside of the house is also easier than you think. Most of the clean areas can be sprayed with water from a garden hose. These areas include driveways, gutters, leaves and branches. A car wash can be used if leaves or branches are hard to remove.

In warm summer months, it is important to regularly wash trees and bushes as they may attract bugs and insect damage. Some people also clean fruit trees and greenery, however, these activities are generally frowned upon by council employees.

One major step is to ensure that the gutters are cleaned properly. During bad weather, the gutter may get clogged up and this can cause the gutters to become stagnant and stop flowing properly.

Cracks and holes in the roof are easily fixed by applying a hot roof coating to them. The cracks will become smooth when the coating dries, which can save some money when you have to replace the roof. Most roofs are sealed to avoid leaks, however, there are those that don’t have the required protection. If this is the case, a gutter cover can be used to fill the gaps.

Before replacing roof tiles, it is a good idea to clean the roof itself. Tiles with no liner can be easily removed and replaced by someone who has an understanding of roofing. Proper drainage is an important consideration, particularly during cold winter months.

If you have central heating in your apartment, you should regularly check that this is operating properly. If you have a professional repair company, they can inspect your central heating system and give you an estimate on any repairs needed.

Some of the most important steps to take after washing a house are changing and washing the curtains and upholstery. These elements can attract dirt and dust and can affect the performance of the rest of the house.

It is important to clean the driveway and the walkways so that they can stand up to the amount of traffic that often comes through these areas. It is also important to remove and replace old wallpaper, but this is easier to do with a professional.

There are many other cleaning procedures that can be done, such as cutting or polishing the paint. When looking to buy a home, be sure to check out what is being done to make the house look better.