Cricket came under the Wanderers banner in 1982. We have since grown to be one of the largest Nelson based clubs known for a strong emphasis on junior cricket and youth development and a proud history of success in senior men's cricket (we are the only club from Nelson to have won the National Club Championship in 2000). 

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Junior Cricket Information (Primary & Intermediate) 

Start and Finish Dates

Junior cricket will begin on the weekend after Labour weekend (end of October) and run until late March. There will be a break in the season during the summer school holidays.




Typically, cricket played with a softball is well suited to kids in school years 1 to 5.  Games run for approximately 1 hour.


Cricket with a hardball can be played by children in school years 3 and up. We enter teams into the beginner and advanced Primary and Intermediate grades. Games run for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

There is a lot of flexibility. For example, if parents decide their child is not quite ready for hardball at school year 3 to 5 then we welcome them to continue playing with a softball. If parents want to bring kids up into hardball cricket earlier, that is also okay in many cases (although we strongly recommend waiting until school year 4 at minimum). 


Kids playing softball must wear:

Kids playing in the hardball grades must wear:

The club will provide team shirts for all teams for the season. Club caps are available to purchase


All softball equipment is provided by the club. Kids can choose to use their own bats if they wish. 

Hardball players must have their own helmet and box (safety and hygiene reasons). Hardball teams will be provided with a team bag, however, we recommend they purchase equipment which is suited to their particular size and preference to maximise their enjoyment. 


The earlier registrations come in, the better we can organise your season. 

Please register for the season at the top of this page. 

Youth Cricket Information

Start and Finish Dates

Youth cricket typically begins on the weekend after Labour weekend (end of October) and runs until late March. There will be a break in the season during the summer school holidays. 


We are proud to have two teams (one boys and one girls) team in the youth grades. They play 25 and 30 over games throughout the season. 



For this level, we strongly encourage individuals to have their own equipment, including:


Find the registration form at the top of this page. 

Senior Cricket Information 

We offer competitive and social senior options. 


What: We field a Premier and Second XI side. Premier plays a mixture of Two Day, One Day and Twenty20. Second XI plays 40 overs and Twenty20. 

When: Played on Saturday afternoons between October and March. 

Where: Our home ground is Brightwater Domain (aka Centennial Park). We play away games against other clubs within Nelson. 


What: Social cricket with games lasting just approximately 1.5 hours. Teams are 8-a-side. 

When: Friday Nights between November and March. Around 12 games in total. 

Where: Teams choose to play at Greenmeadows or in a 'Country' grade where games are played at Brightwater, Motueka and Richmond. 

Teams are expected to be self managed (i.e. responsible for arranging their 8 players each week). 

Register at the top of this page. 

Membership Fees

We strive to keep cricket affordable. Thanks to various sponsors and trust funders we are able to offer the below fees for the 2023/24 season.

Junior Cricket

Youth Cricket

Senior Cricket

Social Friday Night 

Register at the top of this page. 

Useful Links

Draws and statistics for hardball grades: PLAY HQ | Nelson Cricket Association 

Playing Conditions and draw for softball grades: Junior Softball Cricket ( 

Playing Conditions for all hardball grades: PLAYING CONDITIONS | Nelson Cricket Association 

Book Nelson Cricket's indoor net: Saxton Indoor Centre | Nelson Cricket

Purchase a cap: Wanderers Clothing ( 

Report a hazard or incident: Go to form

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