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First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

First-Class Tom Pritchard Celebrates a Century

Right-armer Tom Pritchard, who has just turned 100, was born in Taranaki and took 818 first-class wickets at 23.30 – sitting fourth on New Zealand’s first-class wicket-taking list behind Sir Richard Hadlee – but…

Black Caps Defeat Australia in Hamilton

Black Caps Defeat Australia in Hamilton

Australia have relinquished the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and potentially the No 1 ODI ranking, with Mitchell Starc unable to save his batsmen’s blushes in a dramatic 24-run defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton, Pat Cummins…

Munro Belts NZ to T20 Series Win vs Bangladesh

Munro Belts NZ to T20 Series Win vs Bangladesh

Left-handed batsman Colin Munro, 29, “produced a masterclass of controlled aggression to smash 101 off 54 balls as New Zealand coasted to a 47-run win in the second Twenty20 against Bangladesh” at Bay Oval…

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

Brendon McCullum – New Zealand Cricket’s Renaissance Man

“In an incredible tale of leadership and introspection to the extent of soul-searching, Brendon McCullum, who retired from international cricket last year, opened up in an exclusive chat to Cricbuzz about why he decided…

Kane Williamson Named Black Caps Captain

Kane Williamson Named Black Caps Captain

Kane Williamson has been chosen to skipper the New Zealand team in all three formats. “Kane has been a leader within the team for a long time now and already shown himself to be an…

Suzie Bates World’s Leading Female Cricketer

Suzie Bates World’s Leading Female Cricketer

Dunedin-born skipper Suzie Bates, 28, has been named Wisden’s 2015 Leading Woman Cricketer in the World, scooping the accolade ahead of Australians Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry. The right-hander joins New Zealand men’s captain Kane…

New Zealand Women Cruise to World Twenty20 Success Against Australia

New Zealand Women Cruise to World Twenty20 Success Against Australia

The New Zealand women cruised to victory with 22 balls remaining in the World Twenty20 match against Australia in Nagpur. Australia was hit by a six-wicket defeat. “It was expected to be a tricky…

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

New Zealand Black Caps Stun India in Cup Opener

“New Zealand have spun their way to a 47-run win over India, toppling the World Twenty20 hosts with a superb Mitchell Santner-led performance in the field in Nagpur,” as reported in an article on…

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe

New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe

New Zealand Cricket Great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53. His family in Auckland announced his death in a statement. “It is with heavy hearts that the family of Martin Crowe, MBE…

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum Wins Halberg Leadership Award

Brendon McCullum has been awarded the Halberg Leadership Award. “As a leader, he has inspired a whole deal of pride in his team and has taken his country to unprecedented heights,” writes Rishad Dsouza…

A Touch of Baz

A Touch of Baz

“Few teams are having as much fun playing cricket as New Zealand, and it’s thanks in large part to Brendon McCullum,” writes Dylan Cleaver in Cricket Monthly. During McCullum’s time as a captain the team…

Under-15 Cricket Team Breaks with Tradition

Under-15 Cricket Team Breaks with Tradition

Wakatipu High School Uunder-15 cricket team impressed locals at January’s Western New South Wales Cricket Carnival, wowing locals in the small rural township of Molong with their haka. Molong’s picturesque pitch, with its white picket…

Ben Stokes Smashes His Way into Record Books

Ben Stokes Smashes His Way into Record Books

New Zealand-born cricketer Ben Stokes’ “stunning” 258 runs for England at Newlands in Capetown broke a host of records in early January, including the second-fastest double century, and helped raise the spirits of flood-hit…

Brendon McCullum Honoured as New Zealand Order of Merit

Brendon McCullum Honoured as New Zealand Order of Merit

Brendon McCullum has been recognised as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his achievements during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 as well as the Black Caps’ incredible success in 2014. “McCullum…

McCullum and Hesson Honoured for New Zealand Success

McCullum and Hesson Honoured for New Zealand Success

New Zealand Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and the team’s coach Mike Hesson have been appointed Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM) in the Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours list released…

Black Caps Are a Team to Be Reckoned with

Black Caps Are a Team to Be Reckoned with

“New Zealand did more than enough against England to prove they are worth much more than a two-test series shoe-horned into the schedule as a tasty appetiser before the Ashes,” which begins in July,…

John Bracewell Tasked with Leading Ireland to Test Status

John Bracewell Tasked with Leading Ireland to Test Status

New Zealander John Bracewell has been tasked with leading Ireland on the final leg towards Test status, with his experience of playing and coaching his native country at international level seeing him win out…

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Daniel Vettori Announces Retirement from International Cricket

Former Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori has confirmed his retirement from an 18-year international cricket career, declaring that the World Cup final against Australia in Melbourne was his last game for New Zealand. “It was…

Black Caps edge South Africa in pulsating semi-final

Black Caps edge South Africa in pulsating semi-final

“Thinking was the enemy of doing,” declared Black Caps batsman Grant Elliott who, with spin bowler Daniel Vettori – “two creaking 36-year-olds” – faced the task of making 12 runs off six balls in…

New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs and reach Cricket World Cup semi-final

New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs and reach Cricket World Cup semi-final

The New Zealand Black Caps have beaten the West Indies 393 for 6 in Saturday’s quarterfinal in a stunning game in front of a raucous capacity crowd at Wellington’s stadium to reach the Cricket…

Kiwis Claim Thrilling Victory Over Rivals

Kiwis Claim Thrilling Victory Over Rivals

Auckland is humming. After a month of sublime weather, and on a day in which the Volvo round the world yachts arrived in post, the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of…

Martin Crowe Inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Martin Crowe Inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Cricket’s “most stylish batsman” Martin Crowe, 52, has been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame on Saturday, the terminally ill former national player describing it as a “great honour” and…

Hagley Oval Integral to Christchurch’s Regeneration

Hagley Oval Integral to Christchurch’s Regeneration

Cricket’s World Cup and the return of top-level sport to Christchurch’s Hagley Park has been integral to the city’s regeneration since the devastating earthquake of 2011, says the Guardian’s Mike Selvey. “To a visiting eye,…

New Zealand Trounce England at Cricket World Cup

New Zealand Trounce England at Cricket World Cup

“At the hands of an urgent New Zealand superbly led by Brendon McCullum” Engand’s defeat at the Cricket World Cup in Wellington, “went beyond the realms of simple humiliation and entered that of fantasy,…

NZ Open Their Cricket World Cup in Style

NZ Open Their Cricket World Cup in Style

“New Zealand fulfilled the hopes of a capacity crowd, celebrating another landmark in the rebirth of , by defeating Sri Lanka by 98 runs,” the Guardian’s Vic Marks writes. “It was a well-nigh flawless…

New Zealand Both the Hipster and Tipster’s Choice

New Zealand Both the Hipster and Tipster’s Choice

No longer merely the cool underdog that overachieves, New Zealand is a genuine World Cup contender, according to the Hindu, with Brendon McCullum’s men now possessing a gilded opportunity to go where none of…

Cricket Legend Martin Donnelly Remembered in Warwickshire

Cricket Legend Martin Donnelly Remembered in Warwickshire

Legendary New Zealand batsman, Ngaruawahia-born Martin Donnelly, who also briefly played rugby for England, was a member of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club in the late 1940s impressing local fans with his skill. “As a…

Batting Star Kane Williamson Tipped as Best of All Time

Batting Star Kane Williamson Tipped as Best of All Time

Yorkshire batsman New Zealander Kane Williamson – “a bona fide ‘star’ as opposed to one of the self-generated variety – is not your average character or your average cricketer. Tauranga-born Williamson, who can block the…

Blacks Caps Claim First Win of 2015

Blacks Caps Claim First Win of 2015

The Black Caps won their second test match against the Sri Lankan side yesterday, completing a 2-0 series sweep at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The winning start to the years continues what was the…

It May Just Be the Black Caps Time in the Spotlight

It May Just Be the Black Caps Time in the Spotlight

“It was heartening” to see Test cricket return to Christchurch in December, the Guardian’s Mike Selvey writes. “It was fitting, too, that the Black Caps should mark it with a resounding win over Sri…

Black Caps Best Year Ever

Black Caps Best Year Ever

Having just won the first test against Sri Lanka, New Zealand’s Black Caps have made 2014 their best Test year ever. The Black Caps beat Sri Lanka by an impressive 8 wickets with a day…

Brendon McCullum Makes Australia’s Cricketers Look Average

Brendon McCullum Makes Australia’s Cricketers Look Average

In the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch, Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum, 33, was just five runs short of demolishing what could possibly have been the fastest ever double century in…

New Zealand Cricket Fan Wins Fame with One-Handed Catch

New Zealand Cricket Fan Wins Fame with One-Handed Catch

Andrew McColloch is $5000 richer and slightly famous after his incredible one-handed catch at a Twenty20 cricket match went viral. Michael Bracewell hit a six in the match between Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds, and spectator…

Cricketer Jeetan Patel Completes Immense Season in UK

Cricketer Jeetan Patel Completes Immense Season in UK

New Zealand cricketer Jeetan Patel, 34, who has been confirmed as the most valuable player of 2014 by the UK’s Professional Cricketers’ Association, has completed an “immense season” as spinner for Warwickshire. “Patel has produced…

Jesse Ryder Star Player for Essex

Jesse Ryder Star Player for Essex

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has delivered an outstanding performance for Essex which leaves them on the verge of promotion to the top division of the County Championship. Ryder took career-best figures of 5-24 on…

Day-Night Test Likely Next Year

Day-Night Test Likely Next Year

Negotiations are moving closer to make the first ever day-night test cricket match between Australia and New Zealand official. Adelaide and Hobart are battling for the honour of staging the first ever Test cricket day-night…

New Zealand Win Their Second Ever Test in the West Indies

New Zealand Win Their Second Ever Test in the West Indies

New Zealand has beaten the West Indies by 186 runs for only the second time in the Caribbean, thanks to some incredible bowling figures by Mark Craig. The hosts were bowled out for 216 after…

Key: World Cup Will Be Unaffected by Cricket Scandal

Key: World Cup Will Be Unaffected by Cricket Scandal

Prime Minister John Key has said the current match-fixing scandal will not disrupt next year’s Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption investigation includes…

Black Caps on the Rise

Black Caps on the Rise

What a summer. Three test victories, two test series wins and a 4-0 drubbing of the No. 1 ranked one-day side in the world. New Zealand has risen one place to seventh in the…

Epic Innings Earns International Acclaim

Epic Innings Earns International Acclaim

Black Caps captain Brendan McCullum’s magisterial triple century – the first ever achieved by a New Zealander – has been hailed by Indian media as one of the greatest innings in cricket history. As…

Cricket’s Hottest Property Nearly a Millionaire

Cricket’s Hottest Property Nearly a Millionaire

Black Cap Corey Anderson is only 23-years old and nearly a millionaire. Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians paid $866,000 for the young all-rounder, who set the cricketing world alight with the fastest one-day…

A Test Win for the Ages

A Test Win for the Ages

Test cricket’s status as the most important and exciting form of the game was given a resounding endorsement with New Zealand’s win over India at Eden Park, Auckland. Sports journalists thumbed the thesaurus in…

Top Match and Black Caps Pip India

Top Match and Black Caps Pip India

Parochialism in news always meets its apogee in sports reporting. So, in the wake of the Black Caps’ victory in the opening one-dayer at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand media crowed (Black Caps…

Leaving on Length Critical for India’s NZ tour

Leaving on Length Critical for India’s NZ tour

Indian cricket sides have historically struggled on tours to New Zealand and one of the reasons is to do with the bounce of the ball and movement off the wicket. In India, where the…

Debbie Hockley Inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame

Debbie Hockley Inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame

Debbie Hockley has become the first New Zealand women’s cricketer to be inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame, and alongside Sir Richard Hadlee, the only other New Zealander to…

Batsman Returns to NW England for Club Cricket

Batsman Returns to NW England for Club Cricket

New Zealand international Jamie How, 32, talks about his return to Kendal Cricket Club in Cumbria and his record-equalling domestic year with Westmorland Gazette sports reporter Ross McLean. Currently plying his trade on native soil…

Corey Anderson scores fastest century in ODI cricket history

Corey Anderson scores fastest century in ODI cricket history

23-year-old New Zealand batsman, Corey Anderson, has hit the fastest century in the history of one-day international cricket from just 36 balls. Playing on New Year’s Day against the West Indies in Queenstown, Anderson…

Cometh the Hour…

Cometh the Hour…

Nathan McCullum’s job when he got on strike in the final over against Sri Lanka was dauntingly simple: smite 17 runs from the final four balls delivered by Rangana Herath. That’s a boundary a…

Hailing the Ultimate Sporting Geek

Hailing the Ultimate Sporting Geek

“Daniel Vettori’s New Zealand return is great news for all of us – one last chance to hail the ultimate sporting geek,” according to Telegraph columnist Jonathan Liew. “For one thing, he is one…

NZ Women’s Cricket Player Issues ‘Wakeup’ Call

NZ Women’s Cricket Player Issues ‘Wakeup’ Call

Susie Bates, New Zealand women’s cricket captain, was named Player of the Tournament at the 2013 women’s Cricket World Cup. Bates scored 407 runs in the competition, and was named captain of the tournament’s…

Century and a Win

Century and a Win

Black Cap Kane Williamson, 22, finished unbeaten on 145 from 136 balls before New Zealand fielded their way to a 27-run victory over South Africa in Kimberley. New Zealand secured their first series victory…

Fresh Look for Blackcaps

Fresh Look for Blackcaps

Mike Hesson has been appointed head coach of the Blackcaps until the end of the 2015 World Cup. Hesson replaces John Wright. Hesson coached New Zealand A sides from 2008-11 and was head coach…

Yarns From the Crease

Yarns From the Crease

Former New Zealand cricket captain Jeremy Coney, who now works as a commentator for Sky TV and Test Match Special, shared stories from his career at Ledbury Cricket Club’s 175th Anniversary celebration dinner in…

Cricket Council President Named

Cricket Council President Named

New Zealander Alan Isaac has been appointed the eighth president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) succeeding India’s Sharad Pawar. Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, has spent the past two years…

Netting A Place In Black Caps

Netting A Place In Black Caps

It was a “rare distinction” for Tharun Nethula, a 28-year-old leg-spinner originally from Hyderabad, India, to be picked to represent New Zealand for the one-day series against Zimbabwe. From St. John’s Coaching Foundation in…

Caps Bowl Mammoth Victory

Caps Bowl Mammoth Victory

The Black Caps bowled out Zimbabwe for 51 and 143 at Napier’s McLean Park to win the one-off Test by an innings and 301 runs — New Zealand’s biggest-ever victory margin. Pacers Chris Martin…