Outdoor films option for Alex
A new scoreboard with the potential to be used for outdoor movies is on the cards for Molyneux Park.
Otago Country Cricket chairman Malcolm Jones put forward the idea at a Vincent Community Board meeting in Alexandra last week.
Jones attended the meeting in a joint bid with Otago Cricket for $26,200 for a temporary groundsman in order to host a four-day domestic match in November.
The board voted unanimously to provide the funding.
During proceedings, Jones pledged that if the board committed the money, they would fund a new $100,000 LED multi-purpose scoreboard to be used for rugby, cricket and potentially outdoor movies.
Molyneux Park had a permanent groundsman, but for a fourday cricket match to go ahead, and to meet New Zealand Cricket grounds ‘‘warrant of fitness’’ standards, a second accredited person was needed.
However, even with another groundsman, the park wouldn’t meet New Zealand Cricket standards, as the changing rooms were not sufficient.
Board member Russell Garbutt voiced concern in providing money if New Zealand Cricket had not guaranteed Alexandra as a venue for a four-day match.
Otago Cricket operations manager Tim O’Sullivan said Molyneux Park had some ‘‘work-ons’’ but a ‘‘dispensation’’ to hold the match without having the changing rooms upgraded was possible.
Central Otago District Council parks and recreation manager Mathew Begg was confident New Zealand Cricket would approve the match.
Dr Barrie Wills, who chaired the meeting, urged members to vote to provide the money.
‘‘It all secures our future and that’s what this is all about,’’ Wills said.
Otago Cricket held five fourday domestic matches a year with three in Dunedin and two in either Queenstown, Invercargill or Alexandra.
Queenstown would effectively be ruled out as a four-day venue this season due to hosting the under-19 cricket world cup.
A new sight screen at a cost of about $56,000 was also under consideration and the board also supported a grant application for up to $37,000 for new pitch covers.
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