The start of the season: Teams from Auckland and the northern districts will postpone their first rounds of the games. The start of the New Zealand national season is suspended due to the ongoing lockdown in Auckland.
The opening rounds of the Auckland and Northern Districts men’s and women’s team games will be delayed due to current restrictions and the need to give players time to prepare. Auckland Aces will have to wait until the third round to begin their Plunket Shield season on November 7.
Last season’s Hallyburton Johnstone finalists Auckland Hearts and defending champions Canterbury Magicians also have a delayed start to their campaigns, beginning on 6 and 7 November with a double-header weekend at Main power Oval in Rangiora.
Lockdown disruption to start of New Zealand domestic season
Reigning Plunket Shield champion Canterbury will begin the season on October 23. With the Central Stags in the Hagley Oval, while the Basin Reserve will host the 2019-20 champions Wellington Firebirds and the Otago Volts. Central Hinds and Otago Sparks begin. The women’s season on October 30-31 at the Saxton Oval with the first women’s home games to be played in Nelson.
The one-day Ford Trophy season runs from November 30 to February 26. The Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Finals will take place on February 19. While the Plunket Shield‘s eighth-round will begin on March 28, with the option to play delayed matches in April.
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