Taranaki's summer smorgasbord of cricket had six more dishes added to it yesterday.
Four Twenty20 matches and two Ford Trophy 50-over matches have been scheduled for New Plymouth's Pukekura Park.
The four Twenty20 matches precede three World Cup one-day qualifying tournament matches at the ground.
The dates for the qualifying games are January 13, 17 and 19.
From the tournament, two teams will qualify for the World Cup, co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
The first of the Twenty20 matches in New Plymouth is on Monday, December 30, when the Central Stags take on the Auckland Aces.
On New Year's Day, the Central Stags host the Wellington Firebirds while the Otago Volts play the Stags on Sunday, January 5.
The last of the Twenty20 games is against Canterbury Wizards on Tuesday, January 7.
Cricket fans will have to wait until March to see the Stags in action again.
On Sunday, March 16, they take on the Northern Knights and three days later they play the Wizards.
"It's good recognition for Pukekura Park as a venue and recognition for the council for putting the practice nets in," Taranaki Cricket administrator Travis Stewart said.
"It's some more cricket for the public to come and watch. We always get good crowds over the Christmas-New Year period," Stewart said.
"It's a good lead-in to the international cricket."
Stewart said it would one of the busiest summers at Pukekura Park with nine matches scheduled.
"There's the possibility of more," he said.
"If Central Districts makes the semifinals of the 50-over competition, they will play their home game here - and if they win that, we'll host the final."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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