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Ben Smith George Worker, left, and Ben Smith dined out on the Canterbury bowling at Fitzherbert Park before the rains came in November.

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George Worker, left, and Ben Smith dined out on the Canterbury bowling at Fitzherbert Park before the rains came in November.

CRICKET: Fitzherbert Park has passed its latest top-flight examination with flying colours giving Manawatū cricket officials high hopes of four-day games and women’s international teams returning to Palmerston North after a lengthy absence.

The ground hosted a Ford Trophy 50-over match between Central Districts and Canterbury on November 17 and it had the makings of a high-scoring thriller until rain intervened.

Before the heavens opened at the lunchbreak Central cruised to 349-4 on the back of a George Worker hometown hundred and a century to Ben Smith.

The ground looked a picture, about 650 people came through the gate and the pitch seemed ideally suited to one-day cricket as top domestic men’s competition returned to the ground after an absence during the 2018-19 season.

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Ben Smith Despite the weather not playing ball, Fitzherbert Park passed its Ford Trophy test with flying colours.

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Despite the weather not playing ball, Fitzherbert Park passed its Ford Trophy test with flying colours.

​Manawatū Cricket Association general manager James Lovegrove has received New Zealand Cricket’s ground report and the news is

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