McLean Park Wallows in Mud Abandons Cricket Play

What if a cricket match were cancelled? How could you tell?

Crickets fans would have no issue determining whether or not play took place, but Kiwi fans were left perplexed when they showed up for a previously postponed match at McLean Park between Chappel and Handlee.

It seems that rain fell in sufficient quantities, such that the accumulation of puddles in the outfield made for a grim Hawke’s Bay day for spectators, who were officially dismissed at 6:46 pm.

If it were the U.S., there would be an immediate demand for a new $1.5 billion oval, funded in large part by taxpayers, to ensure that such a calamity could not occur again in the future.

For McLean Park management, the facial eggs held the threat of the park being declared unfit as host of international fixtures.

The venue is owned by the Napier City Council. Chief executive Wayne Jack raised the hue and cry for an investigation by independent reviewers as to ways to resolve the issue of rain falling at inappropriate times and he promised to get New Zealand Cricket involved.

Of the last eight ODIs scheduled for McLean Park, three have had to be abandoned in the past four years. Nothing has been done to rectify the situation since an ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan was given up in January of 2016.

Local Kiwis well know that the most effective way to break a drought is to schedule a cricket match.

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