Plunket Shield returns to Palmerston North for first time in 14 years


Fitzherbert Park will host a Central Districts Plunket Shield match, starting on Sunday.

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Fitzherbert Park will host a Central Districts Plunket Shield match, beginning on Sunday.

The return of first-class cricket will be a welcome reward for the Manawatū Cricket Association right after yrs of perform getting its floor up to common.

Central Districts are actively playing Canterbury in a 4-day Plunket Defend activity at Palmerston North’s Fitzherbert Park, commencing on Sunday, the very first time the town has hosted a Plunket Defend sport because 2008.

Affiliation normal manager James Lovegrove explained it was thrilling to have a to start with-class sport back again at Fitzherbert Park following a lot of exertion had absent in at the ground.

Fitzherbert Park has hosted a CD men’s 1-working day match, as perfectly as a twenty20 doubleheader for the males and the women this summer, but obtaining a Plunket Shield is a end result of yrs of seeking to get 4-day video games back.

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A requirement for internet hosting a four-day recreation is owning a exercise wicket at the very same ground. Previously gamers experienced to walk across the highway to Ongley Park for a internet.

But the observe wicket, constructed in the aged grass automobile park at the southern close of Fitzherbert Park, was opened at the start out of last year, which gave the floor its very first-class warrant of health and fitness and allowed Plunket Defend video games to return.

“The observe wickets are actually in fantastic situation. It is 1 of the greatest observe wickets in New Zealand is the opinions we have experienced, which is terrific.

“The wicket is seeking superior. [Groundsman] Andy [May] has got a great wicket there.”

Work has also gone in to place in a scorers’ box and enhance the pavilion in recent many years.

CD’s opponent for the sport had initially been scheduled to be Auckland, but with Covid-19 top to scheduling improvements, the fixture was improved to Canterbury.

There is an event for lifetime users on Sunday afternoon and on Tuesday afternoon a new honours board is remaining place on the grandstand.

Portion of the CD alumni programme, the honours board will listing the Manawatū players who have played for CD, as properly as substantial milestones.



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