Black Caps’ trophy comes to town

    Cricket fans get a photo with the ICC World Test Championship Mace when it stopped in Auckland as part of its nationwide tour on Tuesday. The trophy and three Black Caps players will be in Invercargill on Sunday. Photo: Photosport

    A CLASH with the Blackcaps’ national tour of the Mace trophy and Southern Steel’s elimination final has meant the ICC World Test Championship trophy will be on show at a new time and venue on Sunday.

    Yesterday, Nigel Skelt confirmed the cricket event was originally to be hosted at ILT Stadium Southland from 3pm to 4.30pm.

    However, after Steel became eligible to host its home elimination final which starts at 4.20pm, a new venue had to be found.

    “We just totally ran out of space, obviously with the elimination final it was a total clash at the same time… we couldn’t make it work,” Skelt said.

    “It’s been transferred to the Southland Cricket Pavilion (Queens Park).”

    New Zealand Cricket head of marketing and communications Stacey Geraghty said the organisation couldn’t wait to bring the Mace to Invercargill.

    “It’s a big Sunday of sport in Southland with the netball on as well, so we’ve adjusted the time and location of our event so fans can do both.”

    “Black Caps’ players Jacob Duffy, Henry Nicholls and Matt Henry will be at the ILT cricket pavilion at Queens Park from 2.30pm and we encourage fans to come along for a chat, a selfie and autograph with the players.”

    Those who went along to meet the players could also get a photo with the World Test Championship Mace, which would also be on display, Geraghty said.

    “Fans across the country have been loving getting a photo with this unique trophy.”

    Southland Cricket Association administrator Peter Downing said it was a terrific opportunity for cricket lovers, young and old, to come and meet the Black Caps and see the trophy.

    “It’s the first ever (time the Black Caps have won the) World Cup trophy, it’s fantastic.”

    While the Otago Volts did occasionally play in Invercargill, normally it was when their Black Cap players were away, he said.

    “Especially a local, Jacob Duffy…having Jacob here, who is the captain of the Volts and who comes from Lumsden, it’s very exciting.”

    Other towns would not get the same opportunity as Invercargill and its surrounds were being given with only two other South Island cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, included on the tour, he said.

    “I think it’s a great opportunity, it’s really good.”