Seddon Park

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Seddon Park
Waikato cricket ground.jpg
Ground information
Location Hamilton Central, Hamilton, New Zealand
Coordinates 37°47′12″S 175°16′27″E / 37.78667°S 175.27417°E / -37.78667; 175.27417Coordinates: 37°47′12″S 175°16′27″E / 37.78667°S 175.27417°E / -37.78667; 175.27417
Capacity 10,000
Tenants New Zealand
End names
Members End
City End
First Test 22–26 February 1991:
 New Zealand v  Sri Lanka
Last Test 25–29 March 2017:
 New Zealand v  South Africa
First ODI 15 February 1981:
 New Zealand v  India
Last ODI 25 February 2018:
 New Zealand v  England
First T20I 28 December 2008:
 New Zealand v  West Indies
Last T20I 18 February 2018:
 New Zealand v  England
Team information
(?–present) (Northern Districts Knights)
As of 28 February 2018
Source: Cricinfo

Seddon Park is a cricket ground in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is the fourth-largest cricket ground in the country, and is renowned for its "village green" setting, affording a picnic atmosphere for spectators.

History

Seddon Park was named after Richard Seddon, the longest-serving Prime Minister of New Zealand. Hamilton Borough Council named it in July 1906 before it was developed.[1] It was first used for a major cricket match in February 1914, when the touring Australians played a South Auckland XVIII in a two-day match.[2] It has been in constant use since.[3]

Due to sponsorship from Trust Bank and subsequently Westpac, the ground was known as Trust Bank Park from 1990 to 1997, as WestpacTrust Park from 1997 to 2003, and as Westpac Park from 2003 to 2006. It reverted to its original name in 2006, when Westpac decided to end its sponsorship of a number of sporting events and grounds in New Zealand.

Seddon Park was also used for the 2015 Cricket World Cup for two of the world cup's matches.[4]

Ground

Seddon Park is a round, well-grassed ground with a centre block of nine pitches, running approximately north to south. These pitches are usually very good for batting. There is an embankment going around three-quarters of the perimeter, with a tall hedgerow outside this embankment.

In addition to cricket, Seddon Park has been used for rugby union, rugby league and hockey matches. It therefore has a flexible stadium environment that can be modified accordingly.

Usage and statistics

Seddon Park has been used for first-class cricket since the 1956–57 season, coinciding with the formation of the Northern Districts Cricket Association and the inclusion of the Northern Districts cricket team in the Plunket Shield competition.

The ground is used for hosting Twenty20 International matches, One Day International matches as well as Test matches. It has hosted a total of 6 T20Is, 22 ODIs and 20 Test matches. The first ODI played here was between New Zealand and India on 15 February 1981, which New Zealand won by 57 runs. The first Test match was played on February 22–26, 1991, between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which was a draw.

Stephen Fleming has the highest Test score on the ground, 192 versus Pakistan in 2003, and holds the highest Test aggregate for the ground of 789 runs.

The ground was also used for one season in 2001 for the majority of Waikato and Chiefs rugby home games. Temporary stands were raised for the games. Rugby returned to the newly built Waikato Stadium for the following year.

Tests

Highest totals : 563/10 (151.2 overs) by New Zealand v Pakistan on 19 Dec 2003
High scores : 192 (332) by Stephen Fleming v Pakistan on 19 Dec 2003

See also

References

  1. ^ "[untitled]". Waikato Argus. XXI (3230): 2. 14 July 1906. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Australia v South Auckland". Waikato Times (12784): 4. 3 February 1914. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Other matches played on Seddon Park, Hamilton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 November 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  4. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 launched: India and Pakistan grouped together, face off on February 15". ndtv.com.

External links

  • Cricinfo entry
  • CricketWeb entry
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