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Cricket Legend Bevan Congdon Leaves True Legacy

Cricket Legend Bevan Congdon Leaves True Legacy

Motueka-born Bevan Congdon, who captained New Zealand to its first Test win over Australia in 1974, has died a day short of his 80th birthday in Auckland. In total, Congdon played 61 Tests and captained…

Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s Oldest Cricketer

Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s Oldest Cricketer

“Tom Pritchard, New Zealand’s oldest cricketer, has died aged 100 at his home in New Zealand,” as reported in an article on Cricbuzz. “Pritchard, who played a total of 200 first-class matches and…

Jon Beardmore Documents Odyssey Across Central Asia

Jon Beardmore Documents Odyssey Across Central Asia

New Zealand-born Jon Beardmore doesn’t like cricket – he loves it. So much so the London-based adventurer drove solo halfway across the planet, almost 50,000km, for a few overs in Afghanistan, an odyssey that…

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…

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

Richie Benaud’s career made possible by Timaru pharmicist

The cricketing career of Richie Benaud – Australian captain and the first man to take 200 wickets and score 2,000 runs in Tests – was had a critical intervention by Timaru chemist Ivan James….

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…

Up Close And Personal – Brendon McCullum

Up Close And Personal – Brendon McCullum

New Zealand Black Caps captain Brendan McCullum talks about his ICC Cricket World Cup experiences, and the hopes that he has for the 2015 tournament.

Brendon McCullum’s Whirlwind Double Century

Brendon McCullum’s Whirlwind Double Century

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum hit a whirlwind double century and shared a record-breaking 297-run stand with century-maker Kane Williamson when the Black Caps took on Pakistan back in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Coney Lights Up The Stage

Coney Lights Up The Stage

Ex-New Zealand cricket captain and stage lighting designer Wellington-born Jeremy Coney, 59, lights up a London production of The Leisure Society, starring former British model Agyness Dean. “An air of glamour surrounds this French-Canadian import…

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…

Spinning For Sixes

Spinning For Sixes

Dunedin-born Black Cap right-arm spinner, and “more than handy batsman,” Nathan McCullum, 31, has signed with the Sydney Sixers for the remainder of the Big Bash League as a replacement for West Indian import…

Magical Early Christmas

Magical Early Christmas

The Black Caps celebrated “an early Christmas” with front-page media praise for a seven-run cricket victory in the second Test over Australia in Hobart. Captain Ross Taylor’s remark that the historic win “was for…

Dual-International In Charge

Dual-International In Charge

Allrounder Suzie Bates, 24, has been appointed captain of the White Ferns succeeding Aimee Watkins, who retired in July. “I knew there was a chance of leading this team but there are obviously other…

Slamming Sixes Galore

Slamming Sixes Galore

Masterton-born batsman Jesse Ryder, 27, smashed a world record 16 sixes against Australia A in Brisbane on 27 November. Ryder blasted 175 off 137 deliveries primarily against Australia A’s spinners and part-time bowlers at…

Comeback On Track

Comeback On Track

“Here he was, in his 50th year, a successful television boss and New Zealand sporting icon embarking on a comeback he hopes will see him end up playing the first-class game again,” The Telegraph’s…

Relief for Black Caps

Relief for Black Caps

The New Zealand Black Caps ended their 11-game losing run in one-day internationals thrashing Pakistan in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the six-match series. Seamer Tim Southee took a career best 5-33…

Wright takes up reigns

Wright takes up reigns

Former Black Caps test captain and coach of India from 2 to 25, John Wright is the new coach of the New Zealand cricket team, taking over from Mark Greatbach beginning with the Boxing…

Not Just a Number

Not Just a Number

Black Caps cricket captain Daniel Vettori, 31, became the second player after Stephen Fleming to play 1 Tests for New Zealand when he took the field in the first Test against India in Ahmedabad…

Spirited Win for NZ

Spirited Win for NZ

The Black Caps have been awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award at the recent LG ICC Awards celebration in Bengaluru, India. In total, this is the third time New Zealand has won this award…

Search for Sutcliffe

Search for Sutcliffe

Attempts to find and relocate the ashes of cricketing great Bert Sutcliffe have failed because no-one recorded where they had been buried nine years ago. Sutcliffe’s ashes were buried at the Carisbrook ground in…

Snowy Did it All

Snowy Did it All

“So remarkable was the sporting life of Eric Tindill, who has died in Wellington at 99 years and 226 days, that being the longest lived of all the 2600 men who have played test…

Our pick for ICC

Our pick for ICC

Chairman of New Zealand Cricket Alan Isaac, 58, has trumped former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as the region’s nominee to take the ICC’s vice-presidency, which after a two-year term leads to the top…

Death Bowler Signed Up

Death Bowler Signed Up

Middlemore-born fast bowler Ian Butler, 28, has signed with Gloucestershire as their second overseas player for the Friends Provident T2. Butler, who previously played for the county in 23, has played in eight Test…

Recall the puppeteer

Recall the puppeteer

Now retired from Test cricket, The Hindu reflects on Christchurch-born bowler Shane Bond’s career describing him as “a once in a generation” who “not since Richard Hadlee” has a New Zealand bowler “tormented the…

Harmony and Fury

Harmony and Fury

The BBC’s Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant “reflects on New Zealand’s mix of controlled fury, subtle charm and social harmony, and asks why the rest of the world can’t be more like it” in an…

Sussex Signing

Sussex Signing

Dunedin cricketer Brendon McCullum, 28, has signed with Sussex for this season’s Twenty20 competition. The big-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman replaces Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan. “Brendon was always on our shortlist for 2010 and once New Zealand’s tour to Zimbabwe…

Great Appointment

Great Appointment

Former New Zealand Test batsman Mark Greatbatch, 46, has been appointed Black Caps coach joining Mark O’Donnell and Shane Jurgensen on the team’s coaching panel. Greatbatch, who is already on the national selection panel,…

O’Brien to Middlesex

O’Brien to Middlesex

Black Caps seamer Iain O’Brien, 33, has retired from international cricket and joined Middlesex as their overseas player for 2010 having spent last season at Leicestershire. The right-armer, who is also a prolific blogger, made his…

Return to Form (Momentarily)

Return to Form (Momentarily)

Christchurch fast bowler Shane Bond’s return to Test cricket has seen the Black Caps score a 32-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at Dunedin’s University Oval. Bond, 34, took eight wickets and the man-of-the-match…

Youth will prevail

Youth will prevail

“Of the finalists in this year’s Champions Trophy, though, it should be New Zealand that England look to for a degree of inspiration and not without a little shame,” writes The Times’ chief cricket…

Being a Sport

Being a Sport

When interacting with New Zealanders “bone up” on the intricacies of how rugby and cricket are played, expect the dialogue to be frank yet friendly, and don’t broach topics like religion, the nuclear arms…

Legendary Cricketer

Legendary Cricketer

Former test-cricketer and left-arm spinner Aucklander Hedley Howarth has died, aged 64. Howarth claimed 86 wickets in 30 tests for New Zealand between 1969 and 1974, retiring from test cricket in 1977. He was…