History of cricket in New Zealand from 1890–91 to 1918
This article describes the history of New Zealand cricket from the 1890-91 season until 1918.
- 1 Administration
- 2 Domestic cricket
- 3 International tours of New Zealand
- 4 References
- 5 Further reading
- 6 External links
The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed at a meeting of provincial delegates from around New Zealand at the City Hotel in Christchurch on 27 December 1894. Its main purposes were to co-ordinate domestic cricket and to organize tours of New Zealand teams abroad and of foreign teams to New Zealand.
There was no formal championship competition in New Zealand until the Plunket Shield was inaugurated in 1906. Until then, regular first-class matches were played by Canterbury, Otago, Auckland, Wellington and occasionally by Hawke's Bay.
The 1906-07 season featured the inaugural Plunket Shield which was the New Zealand State Championship from 1906 to 1975.
The Plunket Shield was presented by the then governor-general, Lord Plunket, and was played on a challenge basis until 1920-21, since which time it has been a league. It was usually won by either Canterbury or Auckland.
Plunket Shield winners
- 1906-07 – Canterbury
- 1907-08 – Auckland
- 1908-09 – Auckland
- 1909-10 – Auckland
- 1910-11 – Canterbury
- 1911-12 – Auckland
- 1912-13 – Canterbury
- 1913-14 – Canterbury
- 1914-15 – Canterbury
- 1915-18 – no competition due to World War I
International tours of New Zealand
New South Wales 1893-94
New South Wales 1895-96
Lord Hawke's XI 1902-03
See : CricketArchive 1902-03
See : CricketArchive 1904-05
Marylebone Cricket Club 1906-07
MCC played two first-class matches versus New Zealand national team and also played twice against each of the four main provincial teams: Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. A further match was played against Hawke's Bay.
See : CricketArchive 1906-07
Australia played two first-class matches against New Zealand, first-class matches against Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago, and three minor matches.
- "Cricket conference: Formation of a New Zealand council". The Press. LI (8987). 28 December 1894. p. 3.
- Greg Ryan, The Making of New Zealand Cricket, 1832-1914, Cass, 2004
- Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, 1986