ADELE LIVE at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland City from March 23rd to March 26th. Mount Smart Stadium is up for a massive weekend expecting over 135,000 people to flood through their gates for the Adele Concert. Fieldturf NZ who look after the field at Mount Smart Stadium have layed flooring protection over the field. This will enable the field to be back in use for the League asap.

Stage Set up

 

                                                                                               

 

Check out this time-lapse showing Gribblehirst Park being upgraded!

TIC Contracting Ltd - Construction

HG Sports Turf - Laying of the Hybrid Turf

Fieldturf NZ Ltd - Finishing with the Grow In process

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Article on Marks Indian Cricket Job

Match Preview West Indies vs India 1st T20

In the recently completed test series between these two sides, WI were barely competitive with a commendable draw in the second match a highlight for them in a 0-2 series loss, that would almost certainly have been 0-3 had weather not intervened. However, T20 is WI's game! They are the reigning World T20 champions, and boast firepower right through their lineup, the likes of which no other country can compare with. They also essentially have home advantage when it comes to the ground at Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, given that 6 fixtures in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League were hosted there, and the fact that the West Indies have played at the ground previously when they demolished NZ in 2012. To counter that however, there is a very good chance that the crowd will be heavily pro-Indian, with huge numbers of expats from across North America making the trip for these historic matches. IND will be hoping they can go some way to erasing memories of their defeat in the semi-final of the World T20 at the hands of WI by beating them on this occasion.

 

Should be a real extravaganza of an event, with the results of the matches almost secondary in importance to the potential marketability of the game in a huge cricket-starved population.

 

Recent T20 Form

 

WI - W W L W W

IND - W W L L W

 

Pitch & Conditions

 

Simply put, curator Mark Perham is a genius. He oversaw all of the pitches in NZ for last years ODI World Cup, he prepared and transported the drop-in pitches for the Shane & Sachin Cricket Allstars Series, he built the pitch at the recently created World Sports Park in Indianapolis, and to top it off has relaid the entire block at Central Broward Regional Park. Prior to his coming to Florida the pitch at CBRP was a rolled-mud, slow and low, snooze-fest. Teams were regularly able to defend scores of 120 due to the slow and low nature of the pitch. But Perham has worked miracles. In fact reports from the CPL matches were that if anything the pitch got faster and more consistent as the 4 days of matches proceeded. A good even surface which will reward good cricket, and the short boundaries should guarantee plenty of excitement for the fans, and scores close to, if not in excess of 200.

Unfortunately the daily thunderstorms that are a regular feature at this time of year in Florida are expected to play their part on Saturday and Sunday. These storms however can be very isolated. So if you're so inclined, please offer up a prayer to the weather Gods ;-)

 

Watch Out for Chris Gayle (WI) - Out of favour with the selectors in the longest format, but in T20 Cricket he truely is the 'Universe Boss'. Across both teams he will be the most prized wicket. Capable of absolutely demolishing any attack, and the short boundaries could play right into his hands. Will be hoping for a good showing to up his marketability in the worlds biggest and richest sporting market.

Jasprit Bumrah (IND) - Something of a T20 specialist for IND, Bumrah has taken 24 wickets in just 19 games for his country at a very respectable economy rate of 6.3. His strange action can make it very difficult for batsmen to pick up the flight of the ball, and his ability to get prodigious swing could make him a difficult prospect on a pitch that won't offer much off the deck.