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Beyond the Bay Oval Lights
Edition One – October 2019
Welcome to the first BEYOND THE BAY OVAL LIGHTS which is a newsletter about the activities, people and happenings during the 2019-20 summer of cricket at the Bay Oval.
In addition to the smorgasbord of local, domestic and international cricket at the Bay Oval this cricket year, there are other activities scheduled at the Blake Park ground, within the Bay Oval’s role as a community sports ground. The Bay Oval is well established as the home base for the AIMS Games each year and during the winter hosts junior rugby and football competition.
A new structure near the cricket nets dominates the immediate landscape, with the installation of a five story high speed climbing wall.
Sport Climbing will be introduced as an Olympic sport at Tokyo in 2020 and the new Bay Oval climbing wall, will assist kiwi climbers, as they endeavor to qualify for the 2020 summer Olympics. On the 19th and 20th October, the climbing wall will be a hive of activity and action as competitors take their first step in the Olympic qualification process.
It has been a long time coming, but the New Zealand Blind Cricket Association in association with the Bay Oval, are excited to announce that the New Zealand Blind Caps will play Bangladesh, in two T20 games and a ODI at the Bay Oval on the 3rd, 6th and 9th November 2019.
World Blind Cricket has overseen the international game, for over 20 years, with 10 countries affiliated to the international organization. The game is similar to the conventional game with 11 players and a pitch with 3 stumps at each end. The differences come in the finer details – the ball is lighter and made of plastic, with bearings inside that give it an audible sound for the players to hear. The stumps are made of metal, so they can be heard if the ball hits them or the batsman knocks the bails off. The ball is bowled underarm and must bounce at least once before the halfway mark, with the bowling along the ground making the ball audible.
The 21st November 2019, heralds a historic day in the short history of the Bay Oval, with the first test between the Black Caps and England. Even the most enthusiastic Western Bay cricket fans, would have found it hard to imagine when the first sod was turned at Blake Park on 1st March 2005, that the ground would host a test match against England fourteen years later.
Revenge will certainly be on the agenda of the New Zealand side, which lost the absolute thriller against England in the 2019 World Cricket Cup Final.
No Black Caps players, will be looking forward to the historic Western Bay of Plenty test match, more than local heroes in skipper Kane Williamson and star bowler Trent Boult. The two homegrown cricket stars always relish the opportunity to come home and thrill cricket fans, friends and family alike at the Bay Oval, with thousands of cricket fans likely to be on hand to cheer on their fancies.
However, while the anticipation builds up to the historic first test match at the Bay Oval, there is a nice little entrée awaiting Bay of Plenty cricket fans. Kicking off on the 30 October, the Northern Knights will go into battle at the Bay Oval against the Central Stags, in the second round of the 2019/20 Plunket Shield.
Bay Oval Key Dates 2019-20
19-20 October CNZ Speed Climbing competition
30 Oct – 2 Nov Plunket Shield – Northern Knights v Central Stags
3/6/9 November Blind Cricket International - New Zealand v Bangladesh
21-25 November ICC Test Match – Black Caps v England
7 December Super Smash – Northern Spirit v Central Hinds
8 December Super Smash – Northern Spirit v Central Hinds
1 January Super Smash Double Header
Northern Spirit v Wellington Blaze & Knights v Wellington Firebirds
12 January Super Smash Double-Header
Knights v Central Stags & Northern Spirit v Central Hinds
2 February ICC International Twenty 20 Double-Header
Black Caps v India & White Ferns v South Africa
11 February ICC One Day International – Black Caps v India