New coach for country

by Anonymous Author

Former Canterbury cricketer and coach Michael Sharpe has been appointed to take the reins of the Canterbury Country Cricket senior representative team for the 2017-18 season.

He replaces Shanan Stewart, who as a player-coach in 30 games, won and defended the Hawke Cup, and assisted numerous young Country players to gain first class honours.

CCCA executive director Peter Devlin said Stewart will not be lost to the association and will continue to play representative cricket.

“Michael and Shanan will make a formidable partnership at the helm of a young and enthusiastic representative squad,” Mr Devlin said.

“We are delighted to regain one of our own for a role that is vital in maintaining our position as one of New Zealand’s leading district associations.”

Sharpe played most of his club cricket for Sefton in the Canterbury Country competition as well as 50 matches for the senior team.

He also played 31 first class games and 33 one-dayers for Canterbury before coaching the provincial side and the New Zealand U19 team.

Mr Sharpe said after taking a step back from cricket to spend time with his young family he is now ready to return to the game and sees the Canterbury Country coaching role as ‘a good fit’.

He said the end goal for the 2017-18 season is winning the Hawke Cup and defending it.

“There is a lot of hard work needed during the pre-season and early season which will lay the foundations for success later in the season.”