Invercargill scores big in schedule

Southland's premier cricket ground Queens Park will have an intense workout in March.

Last week it was announced that Invercargill would host three New Zealand-West Indies women's Twenty20 fixtures there on March 5, 8 and 9.

New Zealand Cricket yesterday released the 2013/14 men's domestic schedule, which includes Queens Park hosting a Ford Trophy one-dayer between the Otago Volts and Auckland on March 19.

Invercargill has also been included in the Plunket Shield schedule this summer, with Otago and Wellington to play a four-day game at Queens Park starting on December 12.

Queens Park has not been allocated any games in the showcase Twenty20 HRV Cup competition this coming season, with Dunedin holding four of the Otago Volts' five home games.

The other home game has been allocated to Alexandra's Molyneux Park.

The Volts' home Twenty20 games this season will be at night. Temporary lights will be erected at the University Oval in Dunedin, and Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

The two night games in Dunedin will be a double header, with the Volts hosting Canterbury on Friday, November 8, and Northern Districts the next night.

NZ Cricket general manager domestic cricket David Cooper was delighted with the schedule.

"Friday night HRV Cup games were a big hit last season and we're thrilled to be able to add televised Saturday night games as well," he said.

"Using temporary lights will mean that Volts and Wizards fans won't miss out on Twenty20 night games this season and we expect those games to be really well received."

The domestic season will start with the Plunket Shield four-day competition on October 27 when Otago and Wellington go head to head in Wellington.

The domestic season will end with the Ford Trophy one-day final on April 5.

The Southland Times