University Oval groundsman Tom Tamati scored the pitch he
produced for Otago's Plunket Shield match against Central
Districts as an eight.
It was a good surface but there was room for improvement, he
It was certainly an improvement on the spent offering
produced in mid-November for the first-class game against
Canterbury. That pitch was lifeless but this week's wicket
had good bounce and carry.
''The main difference was we had an extra couple of weeks
worth of grass growth,'' Tamati said.
''That meant the grass was stronger and it could withstand
more rolling which meant we could get the density up and make
the whole wicket harder. And the grass was still alive rather
than dead, so you could work it a lot more.''
Tamati said he was hoping for more pace and plans to leave
more grass on the pitch he prepares for the first test
against England in March.
''I would like to get more pace out of it but it is not far
off - probably an eight out of 10.
''The only thing I would do differently, and it is only a
minute difference, would be try and leave a bit more grass on
Of course, more grass on the pitch offers the seam bowlers
more assistance. So it is always a trade off between trying
to get some pace into the pitch and making sure it is not too
Getting the balance right can depend a lot on the weather
leading up to the game.