Nelson cricket team

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This article is about the regional team in New Zealand. For the Lancashire League club in England, see Nelson Cricket Club.

Nelson cricket team is a cricket team representing the Nelson Region of New Zealand. It played first-class cricket from 1874 to 1891, and currently competes in the Hawke Cup.

Playing history[edit]

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 1873-74 against Wellington at the Basin Reserve, 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, all but one of them against Wellington, before appearing in first-class cricket for a final time in 1891 against Wellington at Trafalgar Park. Nelson played 17 times in first-class cricket, winning nine and losing seven.[4] Nelson used three home grounds during this period, all of them in the city of Nelson: Victory Square, the Botanical Gardens and Trafalgar Park.

The 17 matches were extremely low-scoring affairs. Only twice did a side reach 200, and on 40 occasions a side was dismissed for under 100. Nelson's highest team score was 238 in 1880-81, when Louis Balmain, in his only first-class match, top-scored with 40, having top-scored with 50, Nelson's first individual fifty, in the first innings.[5] Nelson's only other fifty was a 52 made by Andrew Bennett in 1886-87.[6] The best innings and match figures were 9 for 43 and 5 for 20 by Thomas Eden in 1875-76.[7] Bennett, in his only other first-class match, took 6 for 13 and 6 for 5 in 1885-86.[8]

The origin of the "Nelson" superstition in cricket is unknown. However, in both Nelson's first[9] and last[10] innings in first-class cricket they were dismissed for 111 – "Nelson".

Current status[edit]

Nelson today competes in the Hawke Cup, which is played below first-class level. Nelson has won the competition several times, and holds the record for the longest period of holding the trophy, from December 1958 to February 1965.[11]

The Nelson Cricket Association 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. 
  5. ^ Wellington v Nelson 1880-81
  6. ^ Wellington v Nelson 1886-87
  7. ^ Wellington v Nelson 1875-76
  8. ^ Nelson v Wellington 1885-86
  9. ^ Wellington v Nelson 1873-74
  10. ^ Nelson v Wellington 1891-92
  11. ^ Martin, Wayne (21 February 2017). "Nelson hold an esteemed place in annals of Hawke Cup history". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

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