Cricket home still needed

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Morgan

Auck­land Cricket is still search­ing for a new home ground af­ter next sea­son.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has agreed to va­cate its base at the Eden Park outer oval for two sea­sons from April next year be­cause of the up­grade of the main ground for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Auck­land Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Eade says the pre­ferred op­tion is Colin Maiden Park at Auck­land Univer­sity’s Ta­maki cam­pus in Glen Innes.

“We’re still work­ing through the de­tails with the univer­sity,” he says.

Auck­land Cricket had looked at hold­ing matches at Melville Park in Ep­som, where the Auck­land women’s team play most of their sum­mer matches.

But Mr Eade says they gave up on the idea af­ter re­source con­sent is­sues made it too dif­fi­cult to go ahead.

Auck­land Cricket will re­turn to the outer oval at the end of 2011 and pur­sue its plan to con­vert the ground into a test match venue.

Mr Eade says if the Eden Park Trust Board agrees to the re­de­vel­op­ment, sev­eral al­ter­ations need to be made.

An In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil re­port says the ground needs a bound­ary fence, im­proved me­dia fa­cil­i­ties and in­creased crowd ca­pac­ity.

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