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The Best There Never Was

Every cricket fan has a favourite player, that one star of the game who’s personality or performances resonate with you. But for every star, for every favourite, there are hundreds of forgotten players.

In The Best There Never Was we explore the stories of the players you’ve never heard of, the players that time has forgotten. Many burned brightly for a short time, others were taken too soon, but they all have a story to tell.

The World’s Greatest Cricketer: Sid Smith

Sydney Gordon Smith is one of the more remarkable cricketers to have ever represented New Zealand. Born in Trinidad, Syd played First Class cricket...

First In County: Peter Randall Johnson

In 1841, the Legislative Council of New Zealand was established as the upper house of the New Zealand Parliament. Originally consisting of just three...
Blanche Te Rangi

Plenty of Devil; the Blanche Te Rangi story

It’s a striking image: two young women stand with bats and caps in hand, the bank at Whanganui’s Cook’s Gardens rising behind them in...
wiri baker

Wiri Baker: The Cricketer

Wiri Baker was born on April 2nd 1892 in the small town of Otaki on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington. Otaki is an important site...
George Watson

George Watson: from triumph to tragedy

The opening round of the 2017-18 Plunket Shield season saw the two Districts, Central and Northern, pitted against each other at Mount Maunganui on...

The Mystery & Misery of Frank Betts

Will Pateman kicked through the river gravel, the stones scattering and rebounding over the path that passed under the bridge. The heavy whitebait net...