June 27 and 28 mark the dates that the WHITE FERNS and BLACKCAPS saw their players reach 200 in a Test for the first time. For the BLACKCAPS, that moment came in 1949 when Martin Donnelly hit 206 against England at Lord’s. The WHITE FERNS’ first double century also came against England, with Kirsty Bond’s 204 at Scarborough in 1996 marking the first time any woman had reached the mark.

To commemorate the anniversary of these performances, we’ve compiled the list of each side’s Test high scores as they’ve progressed through history.


New Zealand’s first Test in 1930 was a reality check for our international inspirations as England won comfortably at Lancaster Park. Roger Blunt’s 45* in the first innings of that match was quickly surpassed as our highest score when Stewie Dempster hit 136 in the second Test at Wellington.

The geographic challenge of cricket tours to and from New Zealand, combined with World War II, meant that Dempster’s tally remained a record for more years than it did Tests. When it was famously beaten by Donnelly at Lord’s in 1949, a trend began which saw the mark bettered once in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Glenn Turner’s 259 against the West Indies in 1972 was the first time a New Zealander had gone past 250. In 1991, it looked like surpassing the record would be celebrated in style with our first triple century. Sadly, Martin Crowe was cut just short but his record lasted 23 years until that milestone was finally achieved by Brendon McCullum in 2014.

Test No.
45*Roger BluntEngland10 January 1930Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
1114 days
136Stewie DempsterEngland24 January 1930Basin Reserve,
Wellington, New Zealand
21619 years, 5 months, 4 days
206Martin DonnellyEngland28 June 1949Lord's
London, England
18216 years, 5 months, 19 days
230*Bert SutcliffeIndia17 December 1955Feroz Shah Kotla,
Delhi, India
394212 years, 2 months, 6 days
239Graham DowlingIndia23 February 1968Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
81204 years, 1 month, 19 days
259Glenn TurnerWest Indies11 April 1972Bourda,
Georgetown, Guyana
10110818 years, 9 months, 24 days
299Martin CroweSri Lanka4 February 1991Basin Reserve,
Wellington, New Zealand
20918723 years, 14 days
302Brendon McCullumIndia18 February 2014Basin Reserve,
Wellington, New Zealand


2 years, 4 months, 9 days

Calculated at 27 June 2016


The progression of the WHITE FERNS’ highest Test score highlights the limited opportunities they’ve had in Test cricket. Their highest score changed nine times through their first nine Tests – played over a span of 22 years.

In 1969 their captain, Trish McKelvey, moved the mark to a new high when she hit 155* against England at the Basin Reserve. Up until that point, New Zealand had only played Tests against the English and Australia. Although they would add South Africa and India to their list of opponents in the 1970s, the WHITE FERNS highest scores would always sit against their original rivals.

McKelvey’s innings against England was the WHITE FERNS’ first Test century. They would add ten more, including Kirsty Bond’s momentous double in 1996. Kirsty’s record has now stood for 20 years, although the WHITE FERNS have not played a Test for 12 of those. We hope that someone gets a chance to break that record in the future.

ScorePlayerOpponentDateVenueNew Zealand
Test No.
24Merle HollisEngland16 February 1935Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
1-2 days
27Marjory BishopEngland18 February 1935Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
1113 years, 1 month, 9 days
34Phyl BlacklerAustralia22 March 1948Basin Reserve,
Wellington, New Zealand
226 years, 2 months, 16 days
42Phyl BlacklerEngland12 June 1954Headingley,
Leeds, England
4124 days
46Phyl BlacklerEngland6 July 1954New Road,
Worcester, England
522 years, 6 months, 14 days
49Joyce PowellAustralia20 January 1957King's College Oval,
Adelaide, South Australia
7110 months, 9 days
60Rona McKenzieEngland29 November 1957Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
8-3 days
65Evon DicksonEngland2 December 1957Lancaster Park,
Christchurch, New Zealand
8126 days
77*Eris PatonEngland28 December 1957Eden Park,
Auckland, New Zealand
938 years, 6 months, 14 days
84*Bev BrentnallEngland12 July 1966Edgbaston,
Birmingham, England
1222 years, 7 months, 5 days
155*Trish McKelveyEngland17 February 1969Basin Reserve,
Wellington, New Zealand
142526 years, 12 days
161*Emily DrummAustralia1 March 1995Hagley Oval,
Christchurch, New Zealand
3821 year, 3 months, 26 days
204Kirsty BondEngland27 June 1996North Marine Road Ground,
Scarborough, England


20 years

Calculated at 27 June 2016