10th, 1930 is a day marked in gold in the cricketing history of New
Zealand? It was the day when New Zealand played its first Test against
England and even won by 8 wickets! Its first One Day International was, of
course played much later in 1973 - February 11th to be precise where again
New Zealand won by 22 runs against Pakistan. A good beginning, one would
Cricket was, however first played in this Scandinavian country in the
1840s. That was way long back. The first inter-provincial match was played
between Auckland and Wellington in 1860. Then came, a sudden turnover. And
that too quite literally a golden opportunity! Gold was discovered in
Otago situated in south Island. This brought in many Australians to the
country of New Zealand. Now, cricket was already becoming fast popular in
the country down under. So the coming in of the Aussies, kind of propagated
the game in New Zealand as well.
Finally, the year 1894 witnessed the formation of The New Zealand Cricket
Council. Each province has its own association made up of delegates from
affiliated clubs. Since then, things were never the same for New zealand
cricket. Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Northern districts, and
Central Districts have played for the Plunket Shield. A former
Governor-General donated this shield, annually ever since 1906-1907.
Later, the Shell Series replaced it in 1975-76.
New Zealand still has a long way to go. The world Cup has still to come
its way. It has won only 44 of its 279 Tests played. Its highest score
seems to be that of 671 against Sri Lanka in 1991 and the lowest was, hold
your breath, an unbelievable 26 against England on March 25,1955!