Nelson cricket team

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For the cricket team in England which competes in the Lancashire League, see Nelson Cricket Club.

Nelson cricket team is a cricket team representing the Nelson Region of New Zealand and currently competes in the Hawke Cup.

Cricket was first reported as being played in Nelson in the Nelson Examiner in March 1844, in a match between the Surveyors of the Land Company and Nelson.[1] Nelson as a representative team played interprovincial cricket as early as 1862,[2] later first playing first-class cricket in 1874 against Wellington at the Basin Reserve, in doing so becoming the fifth team to play first-class cricket in New Zealand. This match is also notable for having ended in a tie, the eighth time this had happened and one of sixty occasions overall that a first-class match has ended in such a result.[3] Over the coming seasons, Nelson averaged one first-class match a year, before appearing in first-class cricket for a final time in 1891 against Wellington at Trafalgar Park. Nelson appeared seventeen times in first-class cricket, winning nine and losing seven.[4] Nelson used three home grounds during this period: Victory Square, the Botanical Gardens and Trafalgar Park.

Nelson today competes in the Hawke Cup, which is played below first-class level. The Nelson Cricket Association has recently relocated from Trafalgar Park to the Saxton Oval. The Nelson Cricket Association forms part of the Central Districts cricket team, which competes in first-class, List A and Twenty20 domestic cricket competitions.


  1. ^ Barclays World of Cricket, 2nd edition, Collins Publishers, 1980, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p90.
  2. ^ "Other Matches played by Nelson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wellington v Nelson, 1873/74". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Nelson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 

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