Cricket in New Zealand – All you Need to Know

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Cricket is one of the most important sports in New Zealand. Below you can read some of the most interesting information about it.

History

In Reverend Henry Williams’ journal, there are stories of Paihia boys playing cricket on a beach called Horotutu. Charles Darwin himself was a spectator at this game in 1835. The freed slaves of Māori, trained among themselves by playing the sport. Little by little, cricket took shape until it became an important sport.

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How to Play

A cricket team consists of eleven people. Two teams will face each other on a rectangular field called a pitch.

A player from one of the teams must bat and one from the other team must throw the ball. The idea is to hit the ball as far as possible to score runs. The fielder should pick up the ball as soon as possible to return it to the pitcher.

Six pitches will be over. When a pitcher finishes an over, another pitcher should take over and throw another from the end of the field. Batters must remain where they are. When a batter is out, another batter must enter the field and pair up with the out. When it is no longer possible to pair up, the match is over.

Then the teams must make changes and the batters now become the pitchers.

Famous Teams

New Zealand Cricket is in charge of leading the New Zealand team. It organizes all the teams involved and plans them according to the competitions they attend. Among the national teams involved are Auckland, Canterbury, Central District, Northern Districts, Otago, and Wellington.

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Sports Legends

The most famous cricketer was Richard Hadlee. He was the fastest bowler between 1970 and 1980. In 2000, the team won the ICC Championship trophy. That same year, the women’s team won the World Cup. Captain Emily Drumm coached them.

Cricket continues to grow in New Zealand. Every day, more people watch these matches and more children attend classes to learn how to play.