Tasmania told to get Bellerive Oval flood-lit

September 24th, 2008 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Sep 24 (IANS) Hobart’s Bellerive Oval will soon be flood-lit to make sure Tasmania gets its quota of international one-day and Twenty20 games.The state-of-the-art retractable light towers should be in place as early as the 2009-10 cricket season.

But the future of the big games — and big crowds — at Tasmania’s world-class ground will rest with the state’s planning system, reports Hobart daily Mercury

Local residents and the Clarence City Council have blocked attempts by the Tasmanian Cricket Association to install lights at the oval since the Eastern Shore ground was redeveloped.

Incoming TCA chairman Tony Harrison — who officially took over from Brent Palfreyman Monday — revealed Tuesday the installation of light towers was a necessity if Tasmania wanted to host international one-day and Twenty20 fixtures.

He said Cricket Australia made it clear that matches could not be guaranteed without lighting at Bellerive Oval.

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