Molyneux Park's warrant of fitness has been reinstated by
New Zealand Cricket.
The venue's warrant was suspended in November last year when
former groundsman Wayne Walker resigned.
His replacement, Andrew Douglas, was employed the same week
NZC withdrew the warrant but the national body said the
appointment had come too late and it wanted time to work with
Douglas to assess his ability.
Otago's twenty/20 game against Northern Districts last
December was transferred from Molyneux Park to the University
Oval in Dunedin.
That decision split the cricket community. Otago Country
chairman and long-serving Otago scorer Malcolm Jones was
angered by the decision, while former New Zealand and Otago
left-armer Shayne O'Connor, who was then on the board of
Otago Country, backed the call to transfer the match.
Otago Cricket Association chief executive Ross Dykes
yesterday confirmed the suspension had been lifted when
contacted by the Otago Daily Times.
"There is no chance of us playing any first-class cricket
there this year because that has all been scheduled and
done," Dykes said.
"But it has had its warrant re-established and we have had a
meeting between New Zealand Cricket, Otago Cricket, the
district council and Otago Country cricket, just identifying
the areas that need spruced up a bit.
"So everybody is working towards that and getting the ground
to a point where we can consider it as a venue for next
Jones welcomed the news.
"It is great news for Molyneux Park and the community that
the warrant has been returned," he said.
"There is still some hard work to be done before we can host
first-class cricket back at the venue and we will do all we
can to help the council and the council contractors meet the
"I would like to see cricket return next year and that is our
aim. We have two Hawke Cup elimination games this season ...
how the pitch plays will be monitored fairly closely by all
The ground last hosted a domestic match in January 2011.