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Quake postpones Wellington cricket match

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The massive South Island earthquake has postponed the cricket match between Wellington and Central Districts.</span> © Shaun Botterill/Getty Images The massive South Island earthquake has postponed the cricket match between Wellington and Central Districts. The first class cricket match between Wellington and Central Districts has been put off until Tuesday following the powerful north Canterbury earthquake.

The four-day Plunket Shield match was meant to start at the Basin Reserve on Monday morning, but engineers will now need to check the ground's buildings for damage.

If they get the all clear the match will start on Tuesday and still be held over four days, Cricket Wellington says.

Checks will also need to be made at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, where the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand is due to start on Thursday.

The Pakistan team was staying in Nelson on Sunday night and had to leave their hotel, Cricinfo reports.

However, they were all reported to be safe.

In February a quake hit Christchurch six days before the cricket Test there against Australia but the match went ahead without any problems.

The Hagley Oval pavilion has been built since the deadly 2011 Christchurch quake and is rated to about 130 per cent of the building code, New Zealand Cricket has said.

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