International T/20 Nearly Here!
Big Day for Nelson in T20 Sell-Out for First BLACKCAPS V England Game
History is set to be made on Tuesday 5 November when the England cricketers play at Saxton Oval for the first time, in a fast and furious Twenty20 encounter against our national team, the BLACKCAPS.
With almost 80 percent of tickets already sold, the 6,000 capacity venue will be brimming with cricket fans from as far afield as the UK, Singapore and South Africa.
This T20 tour of New Zealand reunites the BLACKCAPS and England in an electrifying rivalry that was witnessed in the final of the last ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK, and saw England narrowly defeat the BLACKCAPS in an agonising finish. The fast pace, and big hits of the T20 promises three hours of highly entertaining, nail-biting action against two of the world’s best teams.
Locals planning to take the afternoon off or bring the family along are advised to get in quick if they haven’t already purchased their tickets to avoid disappointment on the day. Fans will also have the chance to meet two BLACKCAPS heroes for an impromptu game of street cricket in Trafalgar Street’s pedestrianised area from 4-5pm on Monday 4 November.
Nelson Cricket has been working hard for several years alongside Central Districts Cricket Association, Sport Tasman, the NRDA and Nelson City Council to bring international cricket games to the region, and are encouraging people to bring along their gold coins to help with fundraising for the sport locally.
‘We’re delighted to have secured such a high calibre game of cricket for the Nelson region, the perfect way to kick off our season in style. We’re aiming to give everyone a chance to soak up the atmosphere, whether that be on the bank, at a lunch, or even local kids bowling a ball at a BLACKCAPS hero the day before”, says Nettles Lamont, Chair of Nelson Cricket. “On the day, our amazing volunteers will be helping people park their cars and collecting a gold coin donation in return”
To minimise waste, all drinks from our bars will be served in reusable cups, which will incur an initial charge of $2. Fans can either take their cups home, or alternatively, our cricket volunteers will be collecting the cups from the crowd at the end of the match, as a donation to our junior cricket teams.
Ticket holders and locals living around Saxton Field are advised to leave early and be prepared for queues along Main Road Stoke. Gates open at 12.30pm for a 2pm start, with the expected finish around 5pm.
Don’t miss your chance to see the BLACKCAPS play England in Nelson. Tickets are still available from Nelson i-Site or www.ticketek.co.nz/cricket.
T20 BLACKCAPS V England
Tuesday 5 November, 2pm
Saxton Oval, Nelson