The true legacy of the Black Caps' world cup success last summer is being realised with a record spike in youngsters signing up to play this season.
Auckland cricket clubs are reporting unprecedented rises in registrations ahead of the 2015/16 season.
As the forecast long, hot summer draws closer, some clubs are experiencing a 20 to 30 per cent jump in registrations, especially in the junior ranks.
Auckland Cricket community cricket manager Adrian Dale said the "huge boost" was down to the fact New Zealand had co-hosted the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup - and that the Black Caps had played so well and made the final.
However, he also stressed it had come after a lot of hard work by a wide range of groups.
"The success of the Black Caps has been a huge boost but we have also been working very hard over the past few years with clubs, schools, councils, community boards and trusts to create competitions and events that people want to be a part of and are proud of," he said.
"We believe we are in a strong position to support this growing interest in playing cricket."
Eden Roskill District Cricket Club manager Hament Kasanji said his club had received a big wave of new registrations.
"Since registrations opened in late August the response at all levels has been excellent," he said.
"It's great to see the local community excited about cricket with new players and returning members driving the increase in registration numbers.
"As a club we hope all our members become life-long participants."
Grafton United Cricket Club manager Adrian Smith said one of the most pleasing things has been how eager people are to get involved.
"We usually have a fairly slow start to registrations but this season has been different," he said.
"People have been very keen to sign up to play and get their registrations in early. We have seen a 20 per cent rise in registrations."
Bruce Warner, manager of North Shore Cricket Club, said his club had experienced a similar level of eagerness to the central city clubs.
"It has been really great to see how excited people are at all levels, not just kids who are keen to pick up the game or further what they are doing at school but also from adults who are coming back to play after stepping away."
It is not too late to register to play cricket this season, with all of Auckland's clubs still eagerly accepting new and enthusiastic members.
New Zealand Cricket also has a new initiative encouraging people to get involved in cricket starting this week.
NZC is launching for the first time ever the Superstar Cricket Road Show, which will be touring the country and offering people the chance to meet Black Caps and White Ferns stars and test out their cricket skills.
Auckland is hosting the first stop this Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the ASB Showgrounds. It is free for all ages.
NZC chief executive David White said the roadshow would showcase new junior and youth playing programmes designed to make cricket more accessible for today's youngsters.
"It's great to hear of the upsurge in registrations in Auckland," he said.
"That's something we're hoping will be mirrored throughout the country over the next few weeks, and especially as we get out and about promoting our new playing programmes."