With a Test history that dates back to the second match played by a national side, the Basin has seen more New Zealand Tests and Test wins than any other ground.
This history, and the many significant cricketing moments and achievements which have occurred at the Basin Reserve, has helped make it the home of New Zealand Cricket.
The first New Zealand Test played at the Basin Reserve was against England in 1930. Following the series’ first Test in Christchurch, it was the second Test ever played by the home team and, after a loss down south, it was our first draw. After this match, Tests were held at the Basin every few years as we continued to develop in the international arena. It wouldn’t be until 1981 that Tests at the ground became part of our annual cricket calendar.
While there were limited highlights for New Zealand cricket through to the 1980s, the crowd at the Basin Reserve had plenty to celebrate on 11 March 1969 when New Zealand achieved their first Test victory at the ground. That win over the West Indies would start 25 years undefeated at the Basin.
As well as the first New Zealand victory at the Basin, the 1968-69 season also featured the fourth visit by an English women’s team. At the Basin Reserve, New Zealand’s captain Trish McKelvey became the first women’s Test centurion for New Zealand when she batted 332 minutes to compile 155 not out.
The Basin Reserve wouldn’t have become the home of New Zealand cricket without the victories and remarkable feats of some of our best players. Among those who have achieved something special at the Basin are:
- Charles Stewart Dempster – New Zealand’s first Test century, v England 1930
- JR Reid – 15 sixes in an innings of 296, Wellington v Northern Districts 1963
- Sir Richard Hadlee – 300th Test wicket, v Australia 1986
- Martin Crowe – 299, v Sri Lanka, 1991
- Amelia Kerr – first person to score a T20 hundred at the Basin, Tawa College v Wellington Girls 2014
- Brendon McCullum – New Zealand’s first Test 300, v India 2014
- Sophie Devine – New Zealand’s fastest T20 hundred, Wellington v Auckland 2016
What will happen next season at the home of New Zealand cricket?