When the BLACKCAPS took to the field at the Basin Reserve in 2017’s opening Test against Bangladesh, it marked the 200th occasion they had done so in home Tests. The win over Bangladesh, which looked unlikely for much of the Test, was their 54th win in front of their own crowd, with 2015’s victory over Sri Lanka at Dunedin holding the honour of being the 50th. For more information on the first 50 home wins, read this story.
In January 1930, New Zealand played their first Test – facing England at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park. After that inaugural match, England have been a regular visitor to our shores, giving them a healthy lead in terms of the sides New Zealand has hosted on the most occasions. It is against the sides from the sub-continent, however, where the BLACKCAPS have had the most success.
New Zealand’s first Test series was comprised of matches in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. In the years since, these cities have hosted the most matches with the Basin Reserve streaking ahead as our most regular Test venue. The loss of Lancaster Park as a venue cut short its history but Hagley Oval has filled that gap in the garden city.
|Basin Reserve, Wellington||59||17||23||19|
|Eden Park, Auckland||49||10||24||15|
|Lancaster Park, Christchurch||40||8||16||16|
|Seddon Park, Hamilton||22||10||6||6|
|McLean Park, Napier||10||1||7||2|
|University Oval, Dunedin||7||3||4||0|
|Hagley Oval, Christchurch||3||2||0||1|
New Zealand’s main centres have each had their share of notable moments. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this table is the fact it took until 1980 for a New Zealander to take 10 wickets in a Test at home.
NOTABLE MOMENTS AT HOME
|First Test||-||England||1930||Lancaster Park, Christchurch||Lost by 8 wickets|
|First Century||CS Dempster||England||1930||Basin Reserve, Wellington||136|
|First 5-Wicket Bag||J Cowie||Australia||1946||Basin Reserve, Wellington||6-40|
|First Win||-||West Indies||1956||Eden Park, Auckland||190 runs|
|First 10-Wicket bag||Sir RJ Hadlee||West Indies||1980||Carisbrook, Dunedin||11-102|