Auck­land cricket on move

Central Leader - - News| - By Scott Morgan

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

The or­gan­i­sa­tion have agreed to va­cate their 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 their pre­ferred op­tion is Colin Maiden Park at Auck­land Uni- ver­sity’s Ta­maki Cam­pus 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 matches dur­ing sum­mer.

But Mr Eade says they had to give up on the idea af­ter re­source con­sent is­sues meant it was too dif­fi­cult to go ahead.

Auck­land Cricket will re­turn

in to the Eden Park Outer Oval at the end of 2011, when will it pur­sue its plan of con­vert­ing the ground into a test match venue.

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

An In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil re­port com­mis­sioned ear­lier this year said a fence around the bound­ary, im­proved me­dia fa­cil­i­ties and an in­crease in crowd ca­pac­ity were needed at the ground.

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