North Otago Cricket

North Otago Cricket

The North Otago Cricket Association was founded in 1899 for the growing interest of cricket in the district. The NOCA is now over 100 years old and the cricket is as strong as ever, with the Oamaru Cricket Club being the third oldest cricket club in New Zealand.


In 1864 the Oamaru Cricket Club was established to cover the growing interest of cricket in the North Otago area. The Oamaru club played many matches in their first years including matches against Australia and England. In 1892 the Waitaki Cricket Association was formed to regulate and manage cricket in the Ashburton, South Canterbury and North Otago areas, however this did not last long because there was no way to maintain unity, and it had been impossible to establish a club competition. It was a match against South Canterbury in 1896 that got people interested in forming another cricket association in the area, and in 1899 the North Otago Cricket Association was formed.

Since then North Otago has played in three Hawke Cup challenges (the last as recently as 2000) and taken part in the Southern Hawke Cup Emlination Series against Southland and Otago Country. Perhaps its most famous day came in February 1956, when led by then New Zealand Captain and local player John Reid, it played a West Indian team containing Alf Valentine, OG Smith and Sir Garfield Sobers.


  • Albion
  • Oamaru
  • Valley
  • Union
  • Waitaki Boys High School
  • St Kevins College


  • Agricultural & Pastoral Showgrounds
  • Awamoa Park
  • East Otago High School
  • Glenavy Domain
  • King George Park
  • Milner Park & Don Field
  • St Kevins College
  • Weston Park
  • Whitestone Contracting Stadium (Centennial Park)

North Otago Squad

  • Jarrod Waldron (c) (Dunedin)
  • Scott Simpson (Dunedin)
  • James Cutt (Union)
  • Thomas Shields (Union)
  • Robbie Smith (St Kevin's College)
  • Glen Patterson (Waitaki Boys High School)
  • Nathan Mitchell (Oamaru)
  • David Sewell (Oamaru)
  • James Blakely (Valley)
  • Jon Lovelock (Valley)
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