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

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

Domestic cricket[edit]

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

Plunket Shield winners[edit]

International tours of New Zealand[edit]

Australia 1945–46[edit]

England 1946–47[edit]

Australia 1949–50[edit]

Between mid-February and early April, while the Australian Test team was touring South Africa, an Australian team captained by Bill Brown played 14 matches, five of which were first-class. They beat Canterbury, Otago and Wellington, and drew against Auckland and New Zealand (not a Test match).

England 1950–51[edit]

West Indies 1951–52[edit]

South Africa 1952–53[edit]

England 1954–55[edit]

West Indies 1955–56[edit]

Australia 1956–57[edit]

Between mid-February and early April an Australian team captained by Ian Craig played 12 matches, seven of them first-class. The Australians won one and drew two of the three matches against New Zealand (which were not classed as Tests, although both sides were at or close to Test strength), and won the other four first-class matches.

England 1958–59[edit]

Australia 1959–60[edit]

An Australian team captained by Ian Craig toured New Zealand in February and March. None of the Australian players who had been on the recently completed Test tour of India and Pakistan took part. The Australians won one of the four non-Test matches against New Zealand; the other three were drawn. There were two other first-class matches.

MCC 1960–61[edit]

An English team raised by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) toured New Zealand in the 1960–61 season to play four first-class matches against New Zealand. 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 Dennis Silk and included Willie Watson, Eric Russell, Roger Prideaux, Bob Barber, Jim Parks, John Murray, David Allen and David Larter.

See : CricketArchive tour itinerary

International XI 1961–62[edit]

An International XI toured New Zealand in the 1961–62 season to play two first-class matches. The first match was versus New Zealand at Lancaster Park in Christchurch; and the 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 : CricketArchive tour itinerary

England 1962–63[edit]

South Africa 1963–64[edit]

Pakistan 1964–65[edit]

England 1965–66[edit]

Australia 1966–67[edit]

Between mid-February and late March, while the Australian Test team was touring South Africa, an Australian team captained by Les Favell played each of the six provinces (all first-class matches except for Otago) and four matches against New Zealand. The Australians won against Auckland and Otago, and lost to Canterbury and in the first match to New Zealand; the other six matches were drawn.

India 1967–68[edit]

West Indies 1968–69[edit]

Australia 1969–70[edit]

While the Australian Test team was touring South Africa, an Australian team captained by Sam Trimble played three matches against New Zealand, but they were not granted Test status. The Australians also played the New Zealand under-23 team, Central Districts, Northern Districts, Canterbury and Otago. The Australians beat Otago and New Zealand Under-23, and all the other games were drawn.

See : CricketArchive tour itinerary


External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877–1978, Wisden, 1979