Seddon Park matches best in world

11:36, May 17 2012
Seddon Park
BEST: The Cricketer magazine has named Seddon Park among the world's top-20 test venues.

The Cricketer magazine has confirmed what Waikato residents already know – not many places in the world are better to watch a test match than from the grassy banks of Seddon Park.

The influential magazine's May edition placed the Hamilton cricket ground 15th among its top-20 test venues – ahead of Dunedin's University Oval, The Wanderers in Johannesburg, The Oval in London, Bellerive Oval in Hobart and other grounds in the United Arab Emirates, India and Bangladesh.

The article described Seddon Park as "a perfect circular venue with grassy banks running around from a classy pavilion", and quoted South African writer Neil Manthorp as saying the park "had fabulous grass banks, white picket fences, and is just five minutes from the centre of town".

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker said The Cricketer's high ranking for Seddon Park confirmed that the ground is a great place to enjoy the summer game.

"This is a great result and it's also a tribute to the staff who work very hard to make it so picturesque. Seddon Park is one of Hamilton's best assets, and residents should be proud of it."

The central-city venue hosted its first test in 1991, when New Zealand met Sri Lanka, and has been the venue for 19 tests, 18 one-day internationals and five international Twenty20 fixtures.

Lord's, the London ground considered the home of the game, claimed top spot in the rankings, while Wellington's Basin Reserve nabbed 10th spot.


Waikato Times