HRV Cup Twenty20 cricket comes to Wellington in just over two months.
Westpac Stadium will host the Hell Wellington Firebirds in the HRV Cup on consecutive Friday nights in November. The Firebirds are set to host the Canterbury Wizards on 9 November and then the Auckland Aces on 16 November. Both these matches will be televied on Sky Network Television.
Another feature of a busy pre-Christmas cricket calendar in Wellington is two consecutive Plunket Shield four-dayers at Karori Park in December. The Firebirds will host the Central Stags there from 10-13 December and then the Northern Knights at Karori from 17-20 December. The Hawkins Basin Reserve is unavailable during this time following the current extensive remedial work being done on it.
The first HRV Cup fixture of the season is on 2 November 2012 with the bulk of the
Twenty20 matches still taking place during the traditional holiday
period before the final on 20 January 2013.
Another highlight is the five week window for the 50-over Ford Trophy. The first of eight rounds will start on 26 February 2012, with the top four teams contesting the preliminary finals before the televised final on 30 March 2012.
ten full rounds of Plunket Shield will again be split across the
summer, allowing for the Plunket Shield competition to have two
dedicated periods. The first 16 rounds will be played before Christmas
with the remaining 14 rounds getting underway at the end of January.
NZC Chief Executive, David White, said: "There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a schedule and we feel we have a programme which provides plenty of opportunities for fans to enjoy cricket this summer.
the HRV Cup on Friday nights is an excellent result for cricket with
more people getting the chance to see top quality competition.
believe it's the best of both worlds. There's the opportunity to
showcase the HRV Cup in living rooms across the country throughout
November and December, while still catering for cricket lovers during
the popular holiday period.
"Together with the Ford Trophy and Plunket Shield, we have another strong men's domestic summer of cricket on offer in 2012-13.
are thrilled to have the continued support of our men's domestic
cricket commercial partners, HRV and Ford, along with our umpire
sponsors, Specsavers. I would also like to thank our broadcast partners
SKY TV and Radio Sport who continue to provide excellent coverage of
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The Ford Trophy