New Zealand Cricket announces 2011-12 domestic schedule

New Zealand Cricket has announced the Plunket Shield, Men’s One-Day and HRV Cup schedules for the 2011-12 season.

The 2011/12 domestic cricket season will begin with the first of four pre-Christmas Plunket Shield rounds starting on 7 November 2011.

The final Shield round is on March 26 with the winner being the side finishing top of the points table at the end of ten full rounds of play.

The Men’s One-Day trophy will be contested over eight full rounds of competition, followed by an extended finals series that includes preliminary finals, a semi-final and final.  The competition is also split across the season with five rounds before Christmas starting on 25 November 2011.  The preliminary finals on 5 February along with the final on 12 February will be televised.

Two of the three opening one-day matches along with the second round of Plunket Shield matches will be played in Canterbury.

“There are always plenty of factors to consider when putting together a domestic schedule and we believe the 2011-12 programme offers fans across the country plenty of variety and opportunities to get along and see quality cricket,” New Zealand Cricket Operations Manager Tim Murdoch said.

“The decision to host additional Men’s One-Day and Plunket Shield matches in Canterbury will not only help save some travel costs but is also an opportunity for teams and coaches to network with each other and NZC specialist staff.

“With no international cricket in New Zealand until the end of January the BLACKCAPS have the opportunity to take part in the full HRV Cup and I’m sure the fans are keen to see then in this world class competition.”

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