Seddon Park

Seddon Park is a cricket ground in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is the fourth-largest cricket ground in the country, and is renowned for its "village green" setting, affording a picnic atmosphere for spectators.

Seddon Park
Waikato cricket ground.jpg
Ground information
LocationHamilton Central, Hamilton, New Zealand
Coordinates37°47′12″S 175°16′27″E / 37.78667°S 175.27417°E / -37.78667; 175.27417Coordinates: 37°47′12″S 175°16′27″E / 37.78667°S 175.27417°E / -37.78667; 175.27417
Capacity10,000
TenantsNew Zealand
End names
Members End
City End
International information
First Test22–26 February 1991:
 New Zealand v  Sri Lanka
Last Test29 November–3 December 2019:
 New Zealand v  England
First ODI15 February 1981:
 New Zealand v  India
Last ODI5 February 2020:
 New Zealand v  India
First T20I28 December 2008:
 New Zealand v  West Indies
Last T20I29 January 2020:
 New Zealand v  India
First WODI14 January 1982:
 England v  International XI
Last WODI30 January 2020:
 New Zealand v  South Africa
First WT20I28 December 2010:
 New Zealand v  Australia
Last WT20I6 February 2020:
 New Zealand v  South Africa
As of 1 September 2020
Source: Cricinfo

HistoryEdit

Seddon Park was named after Richard Seddon, the longest-serving Prime Minister of New Zealand. Hamilton Borough Council named it in July 1906 before it was developed.[1] It was first used for a major cricket match in February 1914, when the touring Australians played a South Auckland XVIII in a two-day match.[2] It has been in constant use since.[3]

Due to sponsorship from Trust Bank and subsequently Westpac, the ground was known as Trust Bank Park from 1990 to 1997, as WestpacTrust Park from 1997 to 2003, and as Westpac Park from 2003 to 2006. It reverted to its original name in 2006, when Westpac decided to end its sponsorship of a number of sporting events and grounds in New Zealand.

Seddon Park was also used for the 2015 Cricket World Cup for two of the world cup's matches.[4]

GroundEdit

Seddon Park is a round, well-grassed ground with a centre block of nine pitches, running approximately north to south. These pitches are usually very good for batting. There is an embankment going around three-quarters of the perimeter, with a tall hedgerow outside this embankment.

In addition to cricket, Seddon Park has been used for rugby union, rugby league and hockey matches. It therefore has a flexible stadium environment that can be modified according to sports events.

Usage and statisticsEdit

Seddon Park has been used for first-class cricket since the 1956–57 season, coinciding with the formation of the Northern Districts Cricket Association and the inclusion of the Northern Districts cricket team in the Plunket Shield competition.

The ground is used for hosting Twenty20 International matches, One Day International matches as well as Test matches. It has hosted a total of 9 T20Is, 34 ODIs and 25 Test matches. The first ODI played here was between New Zealand and India on 15 February 1981, which New Zealand won by 57 runs. The first Test match was played on 22–26 February 1991, between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which was a draw.

Kane Williamson has the highest Test score on the ground, 200 not out versus Bangladesh in 2019, whilst Ross Taylor holds the highest Test aggregate for the ground of 908 runs.

The ground was also used for one season in 2001 for the majority of Waikato and Chiefs rugby home games. Temporary stands were raised for the games. Rugby returned to the newly built Waikato Stadium for the following year.

Tests record for groundEdit

Highest totals : 715/6 d (163 overs) by New Zealand v Bangladesh on 28 Feb 2019
High scores : 226(441) by Joe Root v New Zealand on 2 December 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "[untitled]". Waikato Argus. XXI (3230): 2. 14 July 1906. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Australia v South Auckland". Waikato Times (12784): 4. 3 February 1914. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Other matches played on Seddon Park, Hamilton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 launched: India and Pakistan grouped together, face off on February 15". ndtv.com.

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