Old New Zealand

...Cricket...

"Turned the boys out to play cricket ... Very expert, good bowlers."

The first reference to the game of cricket being played in New Zealand is in 1832 in the diary of Archdeacon Williams. An inter provincial match was played in 1860 between Wellington and Auckland but the earliest match given first class status was between Otago and Canterbury in 1864, a match that Otago won by 76 runs. The two sides continued to face off against each other as the country's only first class competition until the 1873-74 season when Auckland, Wellington and Nelson also achieved first class status.

New Zealand played it's first test match in 1930 against England at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, a match which England won by 8 wickets. It wasn't until 1956 that the New Zealanders finally notched up a test win, beating the west Indies at Eden Park, Auckland.