Backyard wicket launched
As the first ball bounced down the pitch, Ben McKelvie was able to sit back and enjoy what has taken him so long to build.
McKelvie created a full-sized laser-levelled cricket ground over a rise at the back of his Himatangi house, which he has named the Omanuka Oval.
It hosted the first game on Saturday, January 7 - a friendly between his premier-3 Bloomfield Cricket Club and the Manawatu- Foxton Cricket Club.
McKelvie said it was a good day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
‘‘It’s good, a nice amount of people turned up.’’
Spectators pitched marquees next to the field and the day was filled with a relaxed enjoyable vibe.
McKelvie said they were hoping to have a 20/20 competition near the end of the season.
‘‘Then after that I’ll close it up for the season and next year will try and get some club games on it.’’
The pitch had been laid about a year ago and McKelvie said it had taken about eight months to get it to a point where it could be played on.
‘‘It’s probably got another year until it’s at a state where we could be happy with it.’’
It was one of the only pitches like it in the country with a similar one in Hawkes Bay.
‘‘The rest of them are town pitches, so it’s a bit different.’’
Farmer Ben McKelvie has made a brand new ‘field of dreams’ cricket pitch for the Palmerston North Bloomfield Cricket Club.