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McLean Park is chiefly a cricket ground in Napiermarker, New Zealandmarker, though rugby is also played here. It is one of the 10 proper Cricket Grounds of New Zealand.

McLean Park is an outstanding sportsground of international standards which includes an indoor stadium and Centennial Hall. The home team for this ground is Central Districts Cricket Association. Also the names of two ends of this stadium are Centennial Stand End and Embankment End. Its close proximity to the International Date Line makes it the world's most easterly Test match ground.

Ground

It is primarily a one-day venue with square dimensions that allow attacking batsman to score freely especially in the opening overs. There are four covered stands and a large grass bank opposite the Centennial Stand. The wicket is a Batting First one. It slows up throughout the day therefore captains love setting targets on this pitch. Outfield is of top quality when the weather is settled. It has held first class matches since 1952 and six tests since 1979, which have been of good standard. New Zealand's Test record at the ground is four draws and two losses. It has held at least a single one-day international every season since 1990. The ground has a capacity of 16,500 and the pitch is turf.

Usage

The ground is used for hosting both ODIs and Test Matches. Apart from this, the McLean Park Complex also hosts rugby matches, including one match at the 1987 Rugby World Cup. It has hosted a total of 5 Tests and 26 ODIs. The ODI played here was between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Rothman's Cup of 1982/83. In this match New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Currently, it is the home of the Hawkes Bay rugby team in the Air New Zealand Cup.

Redevelopments

Redevelopment of the park has recently finished and the new Graham Lowe Stand will opened on Saturday August 1st 2009 when the Magpies opened their Air New Zealand Cup campaign against Auckland. Redevelopments took just one year to complete. The stand was built for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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