28 June 1949 saw the final day’s play in the second Test of New Zealand’s series in England. Starting the day 59 runs ahead in their first innings, the New Zealanders set about building a formidable lead off the back of the bat of Martin Donnelly. The Oxford-educated New Zealander was on 126* at the resumption and moved his total through to 206 before being last out with the score at 484.
While the match would end in a draw after England batted out the rest of the day, it is remembered for the skillful left-hander becoming the first New Zealander to reach 200 in a Test innings. The team total was also a record for the tourists, surpassing the 469/9 declared they made at the same ground in 1931.
Watch the clip below from British Pathé to see how the newsreel of the time covered the Test and Donnelly’s innings.