Rare game in Queenstown for Otago

Mike Coggan.
Mike Coggan.
Queenstowners will be treated to a rare sight today - domestic cricket.

Otago had a training camp in the resort town earlier this year but the Volts have not played at the Queenstown Events Centre in more than three years.

It will break the drought today when it hosts Wellington in a one-dayer.

The picturesque venue was once one of the jewels in crown. It hosted regular internationals and domestic matches.

But it fell out of vogue. It was seen as an expensive venue to stage domestic games and New Zealand Cricket stopped scheduling international matches there after a couple of rained out games and some poor attendance.

The venue has had a $640,000 upgrade to sort out the drainage issues and it hosted nine under-19 World Cup games last year.

It seemed to be positioning itself as a venue which could stage international fixtures again but is not hosting any games this season.

Otago had hoped to play there more this season but it was unable to because of scheduling conflicts, Otago Cricket Association chief executive Mike Coggan said.

''We went to them with a date but it was unavailable because there was football booked on it,'' Coggan said.

''But certainly for the future were are working with them for potentially more opportunities there.''

However, Otago can attract bigger crowds for twenty20 matches in Alexandra, so Molyneux Park is the preferred venue in Central Otago for that format.

The most recent one-day international in Queenstown was in 2014. That match was made memorable by Black Caps batsman Corey Anderson. He thrashed a 36-ball century.

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