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Eden Park opens up international pitch to amateur cricketers in Super Bash

Eden Park will give amateur cricketers the chance to experience the thrill of playing at one of the world’s top venues when it hosts its innovative Super Bash weekend next month.

Cricket lovers can enjoy the opportunity of batting for six balls on the T20 pitch and then taking a catch on the outfield at the venue over the Auckland Anniversary weekend at the end of January.

The Dulux Super Bash will be played on the international pitch which will not host any men’s T20 games during this summer season.

For NZ$99, entrants will face an over at 90km/h from a bowling machine in 90 seconds and then field for three balls. Prizes can be won by anyone who scores a six over the 67m boundary or takes a catch.

Each over will be commentated on live by a team from The Alternative Commentary Collective (ACC) and streamed around the world via YouTube, with entrants enjoying the buzz of seeing their name on the 50,000-capacity arena’s scoreboard. The Super Bash idea has been developed by the ACC team and Eden Park officials.

“Eden Park’s intimate setting and fan-friendly boundaries make for one of the best cricket atmospheres in the world. All too often, we hear a budding BLACKCAP brag that they could easily hit a six at Eden Park. Even Sports Minister, Hon Grant Robertson, has been quoted saying that anyone could hit a six,” said Eden Park CEO Nick Sautner.

“This was our motivation for laying down the challenge of the Dulux Super Bash: to provide an opportunity for everyday cricketers to clear the rope on one of the world’s most iconic cricket grounds.”

Eden Park was last year given the right to host up to six music events per year as it seeks to expand its event programme. It will host ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup games in March.