History of cricket in New Zealand from 1945-46 to 1970

History of cricket in New Zealand from 1945-46 to 1970

This article describes the history of New Zealand cricket from the 1945-46 season until 1970.

Domestic cricket

Domestic first-class cricket in New Zealand during this period centered on the Plunket Shield, which was the State Championship from 1906 to 1975.

Plunket Shield winners

* 1945-46 – Canterbury
* 1946-47 – Auckland
* 1947-48 – Otago
* 1948-49 – Canterbury
* 1949-50 – Wellington
* 1950-51 – Otago
* 1951-52 – Canterbury
* 1952-53 – Otago
* 1953-54 – Central Districts
* 1954-55 – Wellington
* 1955-56 – Canterbury
* 1956-57 – Wellington
* 1957-58 – Otago
* 1958-59 – Auckland
* 1959-60 – Canterbury
* 1960-61 – Wellington
* 1961-62 – Wellington
* 1962-63 – Northern Districts
* 1963-64 – Auckland
* 1964-65 – Canterbury
* 1965-66 – Wellington
* 1966-67 – Central Districts
* 1967-68 – Central Districts
* 1968-69 – Auckland
* 1969-70 – Otago

International tours of New Zealand

Australia 1945-46

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/17/17590.html 1st Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – Australia won by an innings and 103 runs

England 1946-47

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/17/17982.html 1st Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – match drawn

Australia 1949-50

England 1950-51

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/19/19654.html 1st Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/19/19656.html 2nd Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – England won by 6 wickets

West Indies 1951-52

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/20/20097.html 1st Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – West Indies won by 5 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/20/20100.html 2nd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn

outh Africa 1952-53

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/20/20543.html 1st Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – South Africa won by an innings and 180 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/20/20550.html 2nd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn

England 1954-55

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21451.html 1st Test] at Carisbrook, Dunedin – England won by 8 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21454.html 2nd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – England won by an innings and 20 runs

West Indies 1955-56

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21877.html 1st Test] at Carisbrook, Dunedin – West Indies won by an innings and 71 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21895.html 2nd Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – West Indies won by an innings and 64 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21901.html 3rd Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – West Indies won by 9 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/21/21905.html 4th Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – New Zealand won by 190 runs

Australia 1956-57

England 1958-59

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/23/23356.html 1st Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – England won by an innings and 99 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/23/23368.html 2nd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn

Australia 1959-60

MCC 1960-61

An English team raised by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) toured New Zealand in the 1960-61 season to play four first-class matches versus New Zealand national team. MCC also played against each of the main provincial teams: Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Central Districts and Northern Districts.

The MCC team was captained by Willie Watson and included Eric Russell, Roger Prideaux, Bob Barber, Jim Parks, John Murray, David Allen and David Larter.

See : [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/NZ/1960-61_NZ_Marylebone_Cricket_Club_in_New_Zealand_1960-61.html CricketArchive tour itinerary]

International XI 1961-62

An International XI toured New Zealand in the 1961-62 season to play two first-class matches. The [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/25/25342.html first match] was versus the New Zealand national team] at Lancaster Park in Christchurch; and the [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/25/25350.html second match] was versus New Zealand Cricket Council President's XI at Eden Park in Auckland. The International XI won the two matches by 8 wickets and 2 wickets respectively.

The International XI was captained by Richie Benaud and included Everton Weekes, Tom Graveney, Bob Simpson and Sonny Ramadhin.

See : [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/Tours_1961-62.html CricketArchive tour itinerary]

England 1962-63

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/25/25966.html 1st Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – England won by an innings and 215 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/25/25968.html 2nd Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – England won by an innings and 47 runs
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/25/25976.html 3rd Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – England won by 7 wickets

outh Africa 1963-64

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/26/26600.html 1st Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/26/26607.html 2nd Test] at Carisbrook, Dunedin – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/26/26619.html 3rd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn

Pakistan 1964-65

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27254.html 1st Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27258.html 2nd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27284.html 3rd Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – match drawn

England 1965-66

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27954.html 1st Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27960.html 2nd Test] at Carisbrook, Dunedin – match drawn
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/27/27965.html 3rd Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – match drawn

Australia 1966-67

India 1967-68

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29280.html 1st Test] at Carisbrook, Dunedin – India won by 5 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29286.html 2nd Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – New Zealand won by 6 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29295.html 3rd Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – India won by 8 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29301.html 4th Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – India won by 272 runs

West Indies 1968-69

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29933.html 1st Test] at Eden Park, Auckland – West Indies won by 5 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29945.html 2nd Test] at Basin Reserve, Wellington – New Zealand won by 6 wickets
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Scorecards/29/29948.html 3rd Test] at Lancaster Park, Christchurch – match drawn

Australia 1969-70

Australia played three matches versus the New Zealand national team but they were not granted Test status. Australia also played the New Zealand under-23 team and some of the main provincial teams: Central Districts, Northern Districts, Canterbury and Otago.

See : [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/Tours_1969-70.html CricketArchive tour itinerary]

References

External sources

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Events/NZ.html CricketArchive – New Zealand season itineraries]

Annual reviews

* Playfair Cricket Annual 1948 to 1970 editions
* Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1946 to 1970 editions

Further reading

* Bill Frindall, "The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978", Wisden, 1979


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