Out­door films option for Alex

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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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The Cromwell Top 10 Hol­i­day Park in Al­pha St.

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