Two talented Nelson sportmen have been appointed to key roles at Nelson Cricket.
Senior rugby player Ben Eder has been named operations manager while top club cricketer Ryan Edwards has taken up a coaching manager role.
Ben will be charged with the delivery of cricket in the Nelson region.
“Everything from ensuring the kids in the region have a Saturday morning comp through to the logistics around the Black Caps game.”
He says he just wants to see more cricket, more often.
“We’ve got a fantastic facility here in Saxton Oval and we want to grow the buzz of Nelson Cricket, make sure it’s available to everyone who wants to play it.”
Ryan will look after anything coaching related and provide education.
He says the “so called quiet part of the year” is great time to start putting things in place for the fast approaching season.
New Zealand Cricket have said every registered team has to have a suitable and qualified coach, something the Ryan will need to implement in the region.
“This is a big thing for me and will be a massive part of my job for the next 12 months.”
Ryan says the change has come from NZC who are moving away from the red ball, white clothing cricket played over five days.
“We want to be able to offer anyone cricket whether it be a mum and dad with two kids who can only afford an hour and a half on a Friday night or a work team wanting to play together on a Tuesday night.”
Ryan says Nelson is a city that loves its sport in general.
“Every time Nelson has had an opportunity to support cricket they have.”
Ryan has been involved with the Nelson cricket scene since he a “wee nipper”.
He made his representative debut for Nelson at 17, before plying his trade professionally in the UK and returning to the region to play for Stoke/Nayland, finishing his career with 6776 runs and taking 216 wickets.
He says to be able to make a living from cricket is a ‘bit of a dream.’
“Cricket has been in the family for long time, we are very passionate about Nelson cricket, we live and breathe it.”
For any cricket related matters or to register your interest for the upcoming season, please contact Ben at [email protected] or 027 326 0666