Enough spectators to make another team

GRANT BRYANT
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014
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Queenstown Events Centre head groundsman Pete Domigan at the virtually empty Scotland v Hong Kong Cricket World Cup qualifier.

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Paltry crowd numbers at a Scotland versus Hong Kong Cricket World Cup qualifying match in Queenstown could be another symptom of the Wakatipu's wet summer.

By mid-afternoon yesterday spectators who were not associated directly with teams numbered about 15.

Queenstown Events Centre head groundsman Pete Domigan said many holiday-makers were affected by cold and wet weather, but several factors were probably at play.

"We had a crowd of about 2500 to 3000 people here for the New Year's Day Black Caps-West Indies game, which had rainy, drizzly weather.

"If that was a boomer of a day, I'm sure that crowd would have been much larger. But [it's] also a day when many holiday-makers have got back to work and Queenstown is also a seven-day-a-week working resort, so there's all those factors at play."

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