Poor crowd not a turnoff

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon said it was "highly likely" domestic cricket would return to Timaru next season despite the poor crowd on Sunday.

According to Germon, 700 people watched the Otago Volts beat the Canterbury Wizards by five wickets in the opening round of the domestic 50-over competition at Aorangi Oval.

Germon said while he would have liked a larger crowd, especially with 15 current or former Black Caps playing, it was not all bad news.

"Of course we would have liked the crowd to be a bit bigger, but I understand there were some other events on in the town like the super trucks and Children's Day that would have had an impact."

Germon said he wanted to wait to see how that crowd number stacked up over the rest of the competition before he decided what kind of crowd it was.

"I did hear there was a crowd of about 450 for the [Central Stags versus Wellington Firebirds] match in Palmerston North so I want to see how the rest of our home matches go before I make a judgment."

Germon could not guarantee domestic cricket would be back to Timaru but with New Zealand co-hosting the Cricket World Cup next year, Timaru was in line to get at least one match to take the pressure off Christchurch's World Cup venue, Hagley Oval.

"Personally I want to keep bringing cricket back to Timaru.

"South Canterbury Cricket work hard and you can't argue with the amount of runs that are scored - the pitch always produces plenty of runs.

"I feel we have an obligation to take cricket around Canterbury, not just Christchurch, and it's my hope that Timaru will keep getting regular games."

Germon said marketing strategies would be looked at to try to promote the game better but also said there was a chance multiple matches could be played in Timaru next season.

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- The Timaru Herald

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