Ray Mettrick is lifting the bails on coaching at the conclusion of the annual Riverbend Cricket Camp in Hawke’s Bay this month.
Mettrick, who organised and established the inaugural camp in 1979, will mentor the Cornwall Cricket Club Year 4-5 White side who will be among 18 teams starting the 2019 camp from tomorrow to Sunday.
“I’ve put family life second to the cricket camp for a very long time so I think it’s about time I did something different,” says the 72-year-old retired schoolteacher from Hastings who has ambitions to revive cricket in Flaxmere considering the suburb yielded some pedigree players through Irongate, Peterhead and Flaxmere schools in the halcyon days.
This year’s Hawke’s Bay Cricket Association-organised camp has lured a record 141 teams, including 35 from the Bay, 46 from Wellington, 34 from the Northern Districts, 18 from Central Districts and eight from Auckland.
Photo: Ray Mettrick says the QSM medal in June last year is an honour but he was always going to cut back in cricket mentoring this year. Photo/Duncan Brown
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Posted: 4 January 2019