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Unprecedented year of success for Cricket Wellington

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The 21st Cricket Wellington AGM highlighted an unprecedented year of success for the organisation.

Held at the Basin Reserve last night, the meeting recognised a strong year on and off the field for Wellington, with significant growth in the community, high-performance and commercial spaces, as well as the successful launch of a strategy aimed at improving the quality of cricket facilities in the city.

Members heard that commercially, the organisation had grown a viable model for ensuring the long-term stability and had recorded positive revenue growth, resulting in an operating surplus of $52,000.

Super Smash crowds had doubled from the previous season with the Fill the Basin campaign a resounding success, drawing the biggest crowd in domestic women’s cricket history and the largest crowd for a domestic men’s game at the Basin Reserve since 2011.

There was strong growth in the community space with the introduction of a new community cricket delivery model which had so far seen a seven percent increase in player’s overall satisfaction with cricket, and 89% of all junior and youth coaches supported through the formal New Zealand Cricket coaching pathway.

Performances on the field were impressive, with the Firebirds lifting the Ford Trophy one-day competition and the Blaze lifting the first women’s T20 Super Smash competition - while six players were selected for national WHITE FERNS and BLACKCAPS squads.

Cricket Wellington’s strength in adding value to its community was highlighted in December when it become the first regional sports organisation to be awarded the Sport New Zealand Governance Mark, indicating a sports organisation’s commitment to governance and processes.

Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell highlighted the strength of the Wellington cricketing community and its input towards the year of success.

‘’We’ve had an unbelievable year," he said.

"What has been achieved this year is a testament to everyone who is involved in cricket here in Wellington, from the people and the culture that we have built, to the players, volunteers and coaches that make the game happen across Wellington every Saturday.

"We are hugely indebted to the general cricket community of Wellington to the support we have received, and the success we have experienced over the past year reflects the passion for cricket that is alive and well in the region."

Cricket Wellington registered its gratitude to three of its departing board members - board chair Sally Morrison and directors Chris Lendrum and Paul Chandler - who have been instrumental in the organisation’s success over the past twelve months.

It also welcomed three new board members - former director-general of WADA David Howman, former Wellington Firebirds player Jason Wells and former Firebirds and BLACKCAPS player Grant Elliott.

"The support I have had from Sally as chair, as well as the expertise that Chris and Paul brought to the board has been exceptional and has helped lead Cricket Wellington into the position it is in today," said Mitchell.

"The impact they have had on cricket in Wellington will be seen around the region for a very long time and their passion for cricket and governance has been appreciated.

"We’re really excited to welcome David, Jason and Grant on board who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from all levels of sport.

"Cricket in Wellington is in a really strong place and we’re really excited to see what the next twelve months will bring."

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