Cricket legends to play Art Deco match

Cricket World Cup 2015 host city Napier is set to play host to NZ’s very first “Legends of Cricket Art Deco Match”

Cricket World Cup 2015 host city Napier is set to play host to New Zealand’s very first “Legends of Cricket Art Deco Match” to coincide with ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and annual Art Deco celebrations.

All-time greats

Scheduled for Wednesday 25th February 2015, the colourful game will take the form of “New Zealand Vs the Rest of the World” and will include some of the all-time playing greats of yesteryear, as well as some talented youngsters and special guests. 

The first three players to be unveiled include three of the biggest names to play international cricket for New Zealand in the last 20 years. Mark Greatbatch, Chris Harris and Dion Nash have all been confirmed to play in this unique fixture.

Former New Zealand international batsman Mark Greatbatch said he was looking forward to playing in the match. “I love the concept and am really excited at the chance to play alongside some old mates and show them how beautiful Hawke’s Bay is”

Picturesque backdrop

The match will be played at the Clifton County Cricket Club, an immaculate pitch set amongst the picturesque backdrop of Te Awanga Downs, a farm near New Zealand’s award-winning golf course, Cape Kidnappers 

The friendly 20/20 game, based on an Art Deco theme and style, will see players don traditional 1930’s cricket attire with a host of side-line activity celebrating the era synonymous with Napier City and Hawke’s Bay heritage.

The game has been scheduled to take place at the end of the annual Art Deco Weekend in Napier, allowing the revellers to enjoy extended celebrations and get into the swing of Cricket World Cup 2015. 

World-class event

Annie Dundas, GM Hawke’s Bay Tourism said they were looking forward to putting on a world class event to attract the international media and visitors to Hawke’s Bay who will already be touring New Zealand for Cricket World Cup 2015. 

“We’re fortunate to have this jaw dropping cricket ground to showcase the very best of Hawke’s Bay to our tournament visitors”

Players for the International side and the remaining New Zealand team members will be announced in the New Year. 

It has been 22 years since New Zealand last hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992.  Napier will host three matches for Cricket World Cup 2015. These are - Pakistan Vs United Arab Emirates (4th March) New Zealand Vs Afghanistan (8th March) and West Indies Vs United Arab Emirates (15th March).

Art Deco weekend

Tickets for the Art Deco Cricket Match will go on sale Friday 19th December 9am.  Along with celebrating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – the unique cricket game is also a chance for visitors to experience Art Deco weekend in the heart of New Zealand’s Art Deco capital Napier. 

This annual festival sees the streets of Napier transform into an Art Deco extravaganza with a weekend of festivity, served up with boas and balls, picnics and parades and a whole lot of vintage-inspired fun.

Background: Hawke’s Bay 

Hawke's Bay – famed for its distinctive Art Deco architecture – has buckets of sunshine and a fertile coastal landscape that infuses award-winning wines and gourmet food.

The warm dry climate has helped Hawke’s Bay become a leading region for wine production. It’s the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and a popular destination for cycling the vines.

The seaside city of Napier is an Art Deco marvel – a city rebuilt in the 1930s after a huge earthquake. Today the city comes alive hosting some of New Zealand’s most colourful festivals including the Art Deco Weekend, FAWC food and wine festival, and the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki – the Maori New Year.

Out of town, Hawke’s Bay offers outdoor adventures - hiking through forest trails or along the beach to iconic Cape Kidnappers gannet colony, or relaxing on glorious beaches that stretch along the Pacific coast. Weekend farmers’ markets are the place to shop for local produce and indulge in artisan gourmet food.