- UNIVERSITY OVAL CRICKET STADIUM Full Name: University Oval Location: Dunedin, New Zealand Operator: Not Known Capacity: 3500 Surface: Mostly Low-Scoring Pitch Floodlights: No End names: Southern End, Northern End Boundary Length (Dimension): Also known as University Oval Stadium | University Oval Ground This deck is traditionally green in the beginning, offering assistance to the pacemen early on, but after that, it’s good for batting. This is why teams tend to give their bowlers the ball first up, though a below-par attack will come unstuck.
- BAY OVAL MOUNT MAUNGANUI Full Name: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Location: Mount Maunganui, New Zealand Curator: Les Burdett Capacity: 10,000 Floodlights: Yes This is a batting pitch. Many games that have been played on this ground have seen teams batting post a total of 150 and more In their scorecard. The fast bowlers also are at an advantage as they scalp more wickets than the slow ones in this pitch.
- EDEN PARK, AUCKLAND Home Team: Auckland Capacity: 41000 End names: City End, Sandringham End Country: New Zealand City: Auckland Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Established: 1900 Eden Park is also another batting pitch with teams batting first winning most of the matches. Expect teams batting first in this pitch to have a win.
- BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON Home Team: Wellington Capacity: 11,600 End names: Vance Stand End, Scoreboard End Floodlights; yes Location: Wellington, New Zealand Known As: Basin Reserve Like other New Zealand pitches, Wellington has been a paradise for the fast bowlers. The batsmen in this pitch struggle with the deliveries being made by the bowlers. Teams bowling first in this pitch have a higher chance of winning than the batting team.
- HAGLEY OVAL, CHRISTCHURCH Known As: Hagley Oval Location: Christchurch, New Zealand Floodlights: Yes Capacity: 20,000 Ends: Port Hills end, Botanic gardens end Home to: Canterbury The pitch at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch has equal purchase for both batters and bowlers. The deck offers a good pace and bounce throughout the five days. The seamers can dictate the game provided they keep their line and length correct. Meanwhile, the batters can also make a difference in the game if they are technically sound and play with caution. It is hard to break partnerships in the stadium once the batters are set. Also, New Zealand has a fabulous record in the purest format of the game at Hagley Oval. The host has played a total of eight matches on the surface and ended up winning six games.
- SEDDON PARK, HAMILTON Full Name: Seddon Park Location: Hamilton Central, Hamilton, New Zealand Operator: Not Known Capacity: 10,000 Surface: Mostly Batting Pitch Floodlights: Yes End names: Members End, City End Boundary Length (Dimension): Also known as Seddon Park Stadium | Seddon Park Ground Seddon Park, unlike many of the grounds in New Zealand, is circular and was originally designed for cricket. From good batting strips, it has nine pitches on its center surface that may be utilized for play or training. At all times, the scoreboard at this venue shows the names of everyone on both teams.
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