AMAZING ROUNDS- IV

AMAZING GROUNDS  – QUEENSTOWN GROUND, NEW ZEALAND

Courtesy : cricinfo.com

Today ( 9th Feb. 2022) this ground hosted the only T-20 international match between Indian Women and Newzeland women which was won by New Zealand women by 18 runs.

 The Queenstown Events Centre is an impressive multi-purpose indoor sports and events complex only five minutes drive from central Queenstown and adjacent to the Queenstown International Airport. The venue is extremely flexible, offering an extensive range of function and meeting room facilities, which can be adapted to meet the needs of events of any size – concerts, events, gala dinners, conferences, trade shows, private functions and sports & recreation. Uninterrupted vistas to Coronet Peak, The Crown Range and The Remarkables provide the ideal setting and ample free parking is available on site. The Centres events management team is dedicated to ensuring your event, whatever the magnitude, is an enjoyable, successful experience for all involved. Hirers of the Centre can request access to any of the facilities on site. The Queenstown Events Centre is also ideal as a team training facility. The beauty of the location is it’s backdrop one of the most sublime of any cricket ground.   Bordering the shores of picturesque Lake Whakatipu, behind it rises a spectacular mountain range called the “Remarkables” mountain range and ski field in the South Island of New Zealand.

The area was used as a film location for many scenes from “the Lord of the Rings” as was the nearby Fiordland National Park.  With bungee jumping, trekking and mountaineering on offer, the Queenstown area has been called “ the adventure Capital of the World”.

It has also earned a reputation as a party town.  

If there is a fly in ointment for cricket lovers, perhaps it is the nearby Queenstown International Airport.  Planes fly so low over the ground that they seem to have taken off in the outfield and the Umpire appears to be signalling to the pilot not to fly behind the bowler’s arm.  With 12 departures an hour, it is potentially disruptive.

Opened in 1997, Queenstown is one of the most southerly first-class grounds in the world.  It can seat 6,000 with extra temporary seating of 13,000.

It is well used by the Queenstown CC, the local club which has excellent facilities including 4 turf wickets, two artificial wickets and both indoor and outdoor practice facilities.  Perhaps Queenstown’s population of 13,000 is judged too small for Tests or its facilities are not up to par, no Test is held here.  It is often at the top of most people’s list of beautiful grounds.

The Queenstown Events Centre is bordered by farmland and nestles in the foothills of the stunning mountain range, “The Remarkables”.

Queenstown is a veritable magnet for tourists it’s a jaw-dropping beautiful little town sat on a perfect blue lake against the backdrop of dramatic Alpine scenery, the “Adventure Capital of the World”.

It has hosted 10 ODIs & 1 T20I ( today) so far from 2003 out of which New Zealand won 6 ( including today’s match).

On January 1, 2014, in an ODI between New Zealand and West Indies, New Zealand’s all-rounder Corey Ander, LH Batter hit a record-breaking FASTEST CENTURY in ODIs with just 36 balls in this ground with 14 sixes and 6 fours in an unbeaten 131 runs.

 

One thought on “AMAZING ROUNDS- IV

  1. raju1426 says:

    Very scenic ground with unusual ups and downs. Well written and great to know history of this iconic ground. Photos being that extra punch.

    Keep writing ✍️

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