EXCITING INTRODUCTIONS IN 2019-20 NORTHERN DISTRICTS SCHEDULE
There were several talking points around Northern Districts’ (ND) matches for the upcoming season after the 2019-20 New Zealand Cricket domestic schedule was released today. The SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit will play all their home Hallyburton Johnstone Shield matches at international venues after Seddon Park, Bay Oval and Cobham Oval received the nod to host two matches apiece; something ND chief executive Ben MacCormack is thrilled with.
“It is a great addition to the domestic schedule and highlights our continuing commitment to women’s cricket.”
Another feature of the schedule was Seddon Park playing host to two day/night Ford Trophy fixtures in November. These are the only day/night fixtures of the competition and will be the first matches played under Seddon Park’s new floodlights.
“We continue to try and lead the way in the domestic game, and hosting the two day/nighters under the new lights of Seddon Park in the Ford Trophy is evidence of that,” said MacCormack on the schedule anomalies.
In a broader sense, MacCormack also highlighted the distribution of matches around the ND region, taking cricket to a wider audience.
“We are really pleased that we will be taking the game around our region with Hamilton, Mount Maunganui and Whangarei all getting to host high-quality Northern Districts cricket,” added MacCormack.