New Zealand Cricket in History

International Teams: Australian Cricket - English Cricket

Events in Sport

  • 1955-03-28 NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-02-02 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1973-06-12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • 1974-03-01 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145) and Greg Chappell (162no) record 264 partnership in 1st Test draw vs New Zealand at Wellington; Ian (121) and Greg (133) double up with centuries in 2nd innings
  • 1980-02-26 New Zealand cricket captain Geoff Howarth 147 and Richard Hadlee 103 hold off West Indies pace quartet of Roberts, Garner, Holding and Croft during famous 2nd Test draw at Christchurch
  • 1988-02-29 New Zealand cricket batsman Mark Greatbatch scores an unbeaten 107 on debut to rescue a draw in 2nd Test v England at Eden Park, Auckland
  • 1990-02-22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • 1990-07-09 New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston to end Test career with 431 wickets

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991-02-04 NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 2014-01-01 New Zealand cricket batsman Corey Anderson smashes a record century off just 36 balls in the Black Caps' 159 run ODI win over the West Indies in Queenstown; finishes on 131 not out off 47 balls
  • 2019-11-24 New Zealand cricket batsman BJ Watling scores a marathon 205 off 473 balls to lead the home side to an innings and 65 run 1st Test victory over England at Mount Maunganui

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891-11-05 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 1st Test series), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1964)
  • 1895-08-02 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1895-08-09 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches), born in Abbottabad, India (d. 1982)
  • 1900-10-14 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 2nd-ever Test 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1900-11-03 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), born in Durham, England (d. 1966)
  • 1902-07-03 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted), born in Brightwater, Nelson (d. 1996)
  • 1903-02-06 John Dunning, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's), born in Omaha, New Zealand (d. 1971)
  • 1905-06-25 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the early 1930's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1984)
  • 1906-02-27 Alexander Matheson, NZ cricket pace bowler (2 Tests 1930-31)
  • 1906-06-03 Norman Gallichan, New Zealand cricketer (all-rounder in 1 Test NZ v England 1937)
  • 1909-08-20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)
  • 1910-08-11 Denis Moloney, NZ cricket all-rounder (1937 England tour)
  • 1910-12-28 John "Jack" Kerr, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1912-11-04 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • 1913-01-08 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1913-08-29 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1915-03-28 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952), born in Auckland (d. 1982)
  • 1915-06-04 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), born in Lincoln, Canterbury (d. 2006)
  • 1915-06-30 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946)), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
  • 1916-07-31 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1919-06-08 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • 1919-10-08 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1919-11-06 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1920-01-14 Donald Beard, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the 1950's), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 1921-05-26 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1921-11-06 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • 1922-03-13 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), born in Rangiora, Canterbury (d. 1997)
  • 1922-10-10 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (NZ bowler & Test captain in the 1950's), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1923-03-31 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), born in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1924-06-08 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • 1924-08-28 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1925-01-25 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling avg 109.5), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • 1926-05-27 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • 1927-01-11 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1927-05-22 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), born in Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1927-07-18 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 1928-11-11 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), born in Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1929-05-02 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • 1929-11-08 Trevor McMahon, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (v India & Pak 1955-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1930-06-01 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1930-07-25 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1985)
  • 1930-08-30 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), born in Winton, New Zealand (d. 1981)
  • 1932-06-01 Frank Cameron MBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (19 Tests; 62 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1933-07-27 Roger Harris, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman vs England 1959), born in Otahuhu, Auckland
  • 1933-12-10 Grenville Alabaster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ tourist to Aust 1973-74), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1934-08-01 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2000)
  • 1934-08-29 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1935-10-09 Paul Barton, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman in early 1960's, century v South Africa), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1936-04-23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • 1936-05-30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • 1936-10-10 Artie Dick, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand
  • 1937-03-11 John Ward, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1964-68)
  • 1938-02-11 Bevan Congdon OBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1938-07-24 John Sparling, NZ cricket all-rounder (11 Tests 1958-64)
  • 1938-12-01 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1940-01-12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1941-01-05 Bob Cunis, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's), born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • 1941-02-26 Keith Thomson, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968), born in Methven, New Zealand
  • 1941-05-07 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1941-08-14 Peter Truscott, New Zealand cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26), born in Pahiatua, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 1941-10-29 Brian Yuile, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1941-12-14 Barry Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (brother of Sir Richard & Dayle; NZ World Cup 1975), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1942-09-25 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), born in Ranfurly, New Zealand (d. 2015)
  • 1943-04-22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (39 Tests; 100 ODIs), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • 1943-07-12 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73), born in Timaru, New Zealand
  • 1943-12-25 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 2008)
  • 1944-07-17 Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1944-07-29 Terry Jarvis, NZ cricket opener (387 partnership w/Turner v WI 1972)
  • 1944-11-16 David O'Sullivan, New Zealand cricket left-arm spinner (in 11 Tests 1973-76), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1944-12-29 Rodney Redmond, NZ cricketer (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973), born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 1945-04-04 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1946-02-28 Graham Vivian, New Zealand cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72), born in Auckland New Zealand
  • 1946-04-02 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (35 Tests, 116 wickets), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1946-11-30 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 1976)
  • 1947-05-06 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1947-05-26 Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2,991 runs @ 44.64; top score 259; chairman national selection panel), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1948-01-06 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (brother of Sir Richard; NZ 26 Tests, 71 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1948-08-28 Murray Parker, New Zealand cricketer (brother of John Three Tests for NZ 1976), born in Dannevirke, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 1948-10-02 Robert Anderson, New Zealand cricket batsman (9 Tests; top score 92 1976), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1949-10-10 Lance Cairns, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ medium-pace bowler), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1950-07-03 Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand cricketer pace bowler (1975-89), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1951-02-21 John Parker, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • 1951-03-29 Geoff Howarth, New Zealand cricket batsman (47 Tests, 30 as NZ captain), born in Auckland, NZ

Person of interestRichard Hadlee

1951-07-03 Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (NZ 86 Tests, 3,124 runs, 431 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1952-03-19 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)
  • 1952-10-03 Gary Troup, New Zealand cricket fast/medium bowler (15 Tests, 39 wickets; 22 ODI), born in Taumarunui, King Country
  • 1954-06-21 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1954-07-05 John Wright, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92), born in Darfield, New Zealand
  • 1954-11-18 Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1955-03-31 Robert Vance, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests @ 29.57), born in Wellington, NZ
  • 1955-05-27 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1957-02-28 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1957-07-14 Peter Webb, NZ cricketer (batsman against West Indies 1980)
  • 1958-04-15 John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1958-10-25 Dipak Patel, Kenyan-New Zealand cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1959-05-09 Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricket batsman (39 Tests @ 44.27, 87 ODIs), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1961-06-12 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1961-08-12 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1962-08-05 Richard De Groen, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium pacer), born in Otorohonga, New Zealand

Person of interestMartin Crowe

1962-09-22 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, born in Auckland (d. 2016)

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964-04-14 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricketer (2 Tests for NZ, 51 runs), dies at 72
  • 1966-06-22 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65
  • 1970-06-17 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), dies at 74
  • 1972-12-11 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67
  • 1973-01-24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • 1973-03-08 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), dies at 46
  • 1976-08-19 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, dies of cancer at 29
  • 1978-05-13 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies at 68
  • 1979-12-21 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies at 60
  • 1980-08-02 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • 1981-03-30 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50
  • 1982-09-19 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies at 85
  • 1982-12-18 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies at 67
  • 1983-08-12 Giff Vivian, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 42.1, top score 100), dies at 70
  • 1984-03-06 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies at 78
  • 1985-07-31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • 1986-01-25 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73
  • 1989-09-14 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies at 88
  • 1989-09-15 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies at 66
  • 1991-11-30 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (9 Tests for NZ 1962-65), dies at 64
  • 1993-09-07 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), dies at 74
  • 1995-06-09 Gordon Rowe, New Zealand cricket (scored 0 in only Test for NZ v Aust 1946), dies at 79
  • 1996-09-23 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • 1996-12-17 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73
  • 1997-07-06 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), dies at 75
  • 2000-04-24 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), dies at 65
  • 2004-03-08 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), dies at 82
  • 2004-08-14 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • 2005-02-26 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), dies at 80
  • 2006-01-19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), dies at 84
  • 2006-06-15 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 2006-09-29 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), dies from a stroke at 91
  • 2007-04-29 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • 2007-11-21 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)
  • 2007-12-25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), dies at 80
  • 2008-11-07 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2010-04-06 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), dies at 85
  • 2010-05-21 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), dies at 81
  • 2014-08-10 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests 1964), dies at 85
  • 2015-06-07 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), dies at 72

Person of interestMartin Crowe

2016-03-03 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 2018-02-10 Bevan Congdon OBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), dies at 79
  • 2019-02-27 Bill Playle, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests), dies at 80
  • 2020-04-06 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), dies at 64
  • 2020-06-11 Matt Poore, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (14 Tests 355 runs @ 15.43, 9 wickets), dies at 90