As far as i'm aware this would have been Christchurch's first indoor cricket facility as the pavillion at Lancaster Park was in the planning stages when this one was commenced in 1882.
Paperspast news items relating to the building:
The Star, 21 March 1882:
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The Star, 1 June 1882:
"The Cricket pavilion [sic] in front also escaped serious injury owing chiefly to its iron roof and brickwork corners."