The Hot Spring Spas T20 Christchurch Black Clash in association with Swisse pits New Zealand’s biggest sporting stars against each other in a high-intensity, hugely fun T20 cricket match at Christchurch’s beautiful Hagley Oval on Friday January 25.
Stephen Fleming’s Team Cricket will be defending its honour against Sir Graham Henry’s Team Rugby, with a lifetime of bragging rights on the line for the victors.
Fleming has hand-picked T20 Master Blaster Brendon McCullum to lead the line-up for Team Cricket, while Sir Graham has called upon All Blacks captain Kieran Read – who played premier cricket for Karaka aged just 15 - to lead the upstart Team Rugby’s charge.Each team will be packed with international sporting superstars keen to show off their talents with bat and ball.The leather, willow and a fair bit of banter will be flying at Hagley Oval in this summer sizzler.
The Hot Spring Spas T20 Christchurch Black Clash in association with Swisse is the brainchild of former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming and Duco Events founder and director David Higgins.
Loosely based on South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup – a biennial charity cricket match in which the Springboks take on the Proteas – the event will bring together many of the very biggest names in New Zealand sport.
Just over two years ago Stephen approached David and said: “I’ve got this great idea for an event – how do we make it happen?”
David said: “Leave it with me mate. We’ll make it happen.”
In January 2019, it’s happening!
The Hot Spring Spas T20 Christchurch Black Clash in association with Swisse brings together some of New Zealand’s biggest sporting stars in one place at one time for a fun - but competitive clash - between New Zealand’s favourite summer and winter sporting codes, cricket and rugby.
Christchurch’s Hagley Oval will witness the largest gathering of current and former New Zealand sporting heroes ever assembled for a unique sporting challenge.
Both teams – cricket, coached by Stephen Fleming, and rugby, coached by Sir Graham Henry – will have plenty to play for.
For the cricketers, their pride will well and truly be on the line. Surely they couldn’t lose to a bunch of rugby players at their own game? Team rugby will be out to make exactly that happen.
These guys (and girls) are all professional athletes, so there will be no lack of intensity.
Many of the current All Blacks team are in fact extremely talented cricketers. The nature of professionalism in the modern era meant they had to choose at quite a young age which sport to pursue.
Sadly, the days when a guy like Jeff Wilson could play both codes internationally are now long gone.
Had the likes of Kieran Read chosen cricket instead of rugby, many believe they would have gone on to wield bat and ball for their country.
The match will be a Twenty-20 cricket contest – with a few twists thrown in to make it a truly interactive experience for fans.
Scheduled for Friday afternoon/evening on January 25 at Hagley Park, the fun will start from 4.00pm. A family friendly event – The Hot Spring T20 Christchurch Black Clash is a unique chance for kids (and their parents) to get up close with the stars of cricket and rugby at the same time.
Christchurch’s Hagley Oval is one of New Zealand’s most stunning cricket grounds. The cricket-specific venue is ringed with a gently sloping embankment that allows cricket to be viewed the way it is meant to be – in the sun, on a picnic blanket, with a host of food and beverage outlets never too far away. The venue also allows for boutique corporate marquee experiences.
Situated in the midst of Hagley Park, Hagley Ovals is one of the most picturesque and pleasant sporting settings in New Zealand. Cricket has a long association with the Christchurch, having been played since the early years of European settlement. The first recorded cricket game was played in Hagley Park in the 1850s.
As of today, the Hagley Oval hosts all grades of cricket including domestic matches, internationals and junior-level cricket.
The Hadlee Pavilion overlooks this premier cricket ground, during the day the Pavilion’s main lounge is flooded with natural light, while at night it literally shines. You won’t find a venue quite like this anywhere else in New Zealand.