|Simulation Cricket Authority: Approved VenuesThe following sporting arena's have been given approval by the SCA to hold simulation cricket matches. However, not all grounds have the same rating. Next to the ground name, a form of simulation cricket is listed. The ranking from lowest to highest is as follows: Twenty20, List A, Twenty20 International, ODI, First Class, Test.
A ground with a "List A" rating for instance, is therefore able to conduct both Twenty20 and List A matches. The highest ranking is Test, and means that ground can hold any form of simulation cricket. The venue must also meet standards such as security, accomodation, seating, pitch and oval conditions, and transport.
Telstra Dome, Melbourne (ODI)
Telstra Dome is located in Docklands, in Melbourne, Australia. Telstra Dome is located just outside of Melbourne, a safe and vibrant city. Transport to Telstra Dome is readily available, with the train line being the most efficient. Trams and taxi's, are other ways of making it to the stadium.
During the winter, Telstra Dome is home to AFL, and is the home ground for many teams, such as St Kilda. Therefore, a pitch is not in place all year round, and come summer time, a drop in pitch is used for all cricket matches.
Telstra Dome seats well over 50,000 people, all with fantastic views of the action. Generally, the pitch suits batsmen, as it is nice and bouncy. The ground is fairly large, but don't be fooled, boundaries will be scored easily. A good score at Telstra Dome, would be between 250 - 320, but this of course can differ depending on who is playing.
Rain and light at Telstra Dome is never an issue, as there is a roof which is usually closed. While it has been reported that it can get muggy when the roof is closed, SCA officials of not found this to be the case, and instead found it to get cooler, when the roof is closed.
Rushton Park, Mandurah (First Class)
Rushton Park is situated in the heart of Mandurah, approximately 65km south of Perth, in Western Australia. For accommodation, we suggest the Atrium Hotel (Mandurah's premier resort). It overlooks the estuary, and marina, and is in the heart of Mandurah city. Mandurah's other resorts and hotels which are suggested by the SCA, are situated along Mandurah Terrace. They include Silver Sands Resort and Lakeside Villas. All three hotels are a 5 minute drive from Rushton Park.
The ground is easily accessable by foot, public transport and by car. There is ample off street parking outside the ground, and 4 hour parking is available at Mandurah Forum shopping centre, located less than 100 metres away. Due to be finished in December 2006, is the southern suburbs railway line, which will connect Perth and Mandurah, allowing train access from the city to the venue.
Home ground to the Peel Thunder, Rushton Park is also a venue for WAFL football, and Pre-Season AFL games, so a drop in pitch must be used. The outfield is fairly slow, which makes scoring boundaries more difficult. Generally this ground suits fast bowlers. A good score at Rushton Park would be between 210 - 240.
Seating is what you would expect of a country town ground. There are approximately 150 elevated seats, these are strictly for members. Benches are in place around the perimeter, but shade is a problem, so ensure you wear suitable clothing and hats. There are grass slopes all around the ground, this is where the majority of the spectators sit. The ground has a maximum capacity of 16,000, SCA officials have estimated that the ground could seat no more than 1,000 people.
Rain and light can become an issue at Rushton Park. There are lights, however the SCA has stated that when possible, games at Rushton Park should be day games only. There is no roof, so heavy rain will cause play to stop, or be delayed.
WACA, Perth (Test)
The WACA ground is in the heart of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Hotels and accommodation are easy to come by, the Hyatt is situated within 500 metres of the ground, while the Sheraton and Hilton hotels, are other options.
Transport to the WACA is not a problem, with buses (some free) stopping right outside the gate. There is ample parking if you wish to drive to the ground, but on match days, especially for international games, these areas are likely to go fast!
This picturesque ground can hold over 20,000 spectators. Most of this is seating, but the WACA boasts two grassed areas square to the pitch, some of the last of it's kind. Lighting is not an issue at the WACA, with stadium lighting at the ready. Rain does not generally affect Perth during the summer, although occassionally there are showers.
The WACA is well known for its top quality pitches, which suit fast bowlers because of the bounce. Any score over 260 would be acceptable.
Kallang Cricket Ground, Singapore (ODI)
The Kallang Cricket Ground isn't the most picturesque ground in simulation cricket, but it certainly gets the job done. Less than half a dozen train stops away from the heart of the city, Kallang Cricket Ground isn't as easy to find as one might think. It is close to Singapore's National Stadium, but at the moment, due to the construction of a light railway, it is quite difficult to locate, behind several soccer and lawn bowls facilities.
The ground isn't able house a large number of spectators, but temporary seating can be arranged at short notice. There is no real car parking facilities around the ground, so those not wishing to use public transport, would need to park their cars at the nearby National Stadium, or even the nearby McDonalds and KFC if there is no other option.
There are lights at the ground, but they are not suitable for anything other than practice. The pitch is of reasonably quality, but can vary greatly between innings, making it very unpredictable for batsmen and bowlers alike.
The Padang, Singapore (ODI)
The Padang, Singapore's premier sporting club, has been in existance for hundreds of years, and cricket has been played there since the colonial days. The Padang is literally located in the heart of Singapore city. The ground is less than a five minute walk from City Hall Interchange MRT, Raffles City, Sun City, Clarke Quay and many other tourist attractions and hotels.
The Padang is also used for Rugby, Soccer, Bowls, Tennis and countless other sports and recreational activities, so the cricket pitch cannot be in use 100% of the time, even though Singapore's year-long hot weather could permit this. There are no floodlights what-so-ever, meaning after sunset, cricket is impossible to play. To the left of the pavilion however, there are two practice nets which are provided with lighting.
The pitch is in top-notch condition, and could see some very high scores being posted on it, providing the outfield is also in good condition.