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Wednesday, August 31 2022
Colin de Grandhomme's Big Bash draft pick was surprise to cricket bosses

Cricket bosses are scrambling to deal with the latest club v country problem after Colin de Grandhomme was surprisingly picked in Australia's Big Bash draft.

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Saturday, August 27 2022
Return of Matt Henry big boost for Black Caps ahead of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

The Black Caps' hopes of winning back the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy have been enhanced by the return of Matt Henry.

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Saturday, August 27 2022
Bronze turns White Ferns spinner Eden Carson's 21st golden

Life keeps getting better for Maniototo farmgirl Eden Carson, whose taste of international cricket at the Commonwealth Games has left the young White Ferns spinner wanting more - once her veterinary studies are done, she tells Merryn Anderson.

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Saturday, August 27 2022
If you thought The Hundred was bad, wait until you see the 6ixty

It will be the quickest format ever seen for professional cricketers when the SKYEXCH 6IXTY tournament begins in the West Indies - the equal shortest, being the same length as a 10-over match, but quicker.

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Wednesday, August 24 2022
Ben Stokes reveals he needs anxiety drugs to deal with father's death

Ben Stokes has revealed he is taking medication for anxiety due to his ongoing mental-health issues as he continues to struggle with the death of his father.

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Black Caps claim five-wicket win in ODI series decider against West Indies

Four batsmen posted half centuries as New Zealand overhauled the West Indies' total of 301-8 to win the deciding one-day international by five wickets.

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Tuesday, August 23 2022
Hawke's Bay cricketers fundraising to get to Indoor Cricket World Cup

Some of Hawke's Bay's finest cricketers are looking to fundraise more than $30,000 so they can travel to Australia to represent New Zealand at the 2022 Indoor Cricket World Cup in October.

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Monday, August 22 2022
 Finn Allen shines as Black Caps bounce back to beat West Indies in second ODI

Finn Allen made 96 and Tim Southee took 4-22 as the Black Caps beat the West Indies by 50 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system in the second one-day international to level the three-match series.

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Saturday, August 20 2022
Ross Taylor reveals he almost recruited Ben Stokes for the Black Caps

Former Black Caps captain Ross Taylor has revealed that New Zealand Cricket missed its chance to recruit a teenage Ben Stokes, after Taylor spotted his raw talent while playing County Cricket.

Taylor, writing in his new book 'Ross Taylor: Black & White', recalls playing with the future England superstar at Durham in 2010 and trying to facilitate a shift back to his country of birth.

Stokes, England's current Test captain and long rated as one of the best all-rounders in world cricket, was raised in New Zealand before moving to the UK aged 12 to settle in Cumbria where his father was offered a job as a rugby league coach. Taylor believes there was a window of opportunity to poach Stokes while his New Zealand roots were still laid bare.

"He was 18 or 19 and very much a Kiwi. Over a Guinness, I asked him if he wanted to come and play in New Zealand. He was keen, so I sent a message to New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan, saying this guy Stokes was a really good young cricketer and interested in playing for New Zealand."

Taylor goes on to say that Vaughan may not have held the young Stokes in as high regard as himself and so made no major moves to secure his trade.

"Vaughan replied along the lines that he could start playing domestic cricket and we would see where it went.

"I went back saying we would have to offer him more than that because he wouldn't be interested if it meant starting on the bottom rung of the ladder. Obviously it didn't come to anything.

"Ben was sincere about playing for New Zealand but NZC would've had to have acted swiftly and decisively and given him some pretty solid assurances, which Vaughan clearly wasn't prepared to do."

At the end of what was an impressive debut season for Durham in 2010, Stokes was selected for England's Performance Programme - a pathway to international cricket for promising young players - and made his ODI debut in August 2011 as a 20-year-old.

The 2019 ODI World Cup became the most poignant reminder of this missed opportunity as Stokes produced a man-of-the-match performance to help England claim the tournament trophy, and break the hearts of scores of Black Caps fans in doing so.

Just months later, Stokes was officially nominated for the New Zealander of the Year awards - another slap in the face for cricket-loving Kiwis - though it seemed he retained the humility of his Cantabrian roots as he swiftly turned it down and withdrew from the voting process.

Finally, in April this year, Stokes achieved a first for the England Test team that still looks like a faraway prospect on home shores: he became the side's first Māori captain.

While most Black Caps fans have only been able to dream of the idea of Stokes batting and bowling alongside the likes of Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor did more than that, but was left with the empty idea of what could have been.

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Saturday, August 20 2022
Will 60 ball cricket be the next T20?

Dylan Cleaver & Paul Ford join Jason Hoyte for another episode of NZ's #1 cricket podcast, the BYC Podcast!

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Saturday, August 20 2022
Black Caps' ODI winning streak snapped in meek display against West Indies

The Black Caps have slumped to a five-wicket defeat to the West Indies in their first ODI in Barbados, snapping their ODI winning streak.

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Wednesday, August 17 2022
Black Caps winning streak comes to an end with heavy defeat to West Indies

The Black Caps' nine game winning streak in the Twenty20 format has come to an end in a dead rubber loss to the West Indies in Kingston this morning.

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Tuesday, August 16 2022
 New Zealand post record total to secure T20 series

The Black Caps have demolished the West Indies by 90 runs to win their Twenty20 series with a game in hand, after posting a record batting total that the home side never looked like chasing down.

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Monday, August 15 2022
Former NZ bowler Murphy Su'a reveals being victim of racism from teammate

Former New Zealand bowler Murphy Su'a has revealed a targeted racist incident involving a senior player in the 1990s.

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Saturday, August 13 2022
 Black Caps great Ross Taylor's racism claim outlined in new book

Black Caps great Ross Taylor says he has experienced racism in New Zealand cricket.

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Saturday, August 13 2022
Black Caps open West Indies tour with strong victory

The Black Caps First XI produced a first class victory in their opening Twenty20 clash against the West Indies today in which may go down as one of the longest matches in cricket's shortest format.

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Friday, August 12 2022
Ross Taylor reveals current Black Caps made racially insensitive comments towards him

New Zealand cricket great Ross Taylor has revealed that current Black Caps players made racially insensitive comments towards him.

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Thursday, August 11 2022
 Former international umpire Rudi Koertzen dies after car crash

Former South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen died overnight following a car crash. He was 73.


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Thursday, August 11 2022
Black Caps bowler Trent Boult steps down from New Zealand Cricket contract

Trent Boult's time as a regular member of the Black Caps across all three formats has come to an end.

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Thursday, August 11 2022
Black Caps bowler Trent Boult still part of plans for T20 World Cup after contract release

Black Caps veteran Trent Boult is still part of the side's plans for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year after asking for a release from his central contract from New Zealand Cricket.


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Wednesday, August 10 2022
White Ferns to face England for bronze medal following semifinal loss to Australia

The White Ferns will face England for the bronze medal after taking Australia to the final over but losing by five wickets at Edgbaston tonight.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
 A Kiwi sports writer of unforgettable charisma

In my 40 years of journalism, nothing has felt remotely as difficult as writing this, because the emotions are still so raw.

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Wednesday, August 10 2022
Australia's women's cricketers win gold with Covid-positive player

Australia's women's cricket team have won gold in controversial fashion at the Commonwealth Games after fielding a player who tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the match began.

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Monday, August 08 2022
 Mitchell Santner leads Black Caps to sweep of Netherlands

An unbeaten century partnership between Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over the Netherlands and Twenty20 series sweep on Friday.


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Saturday, August 06 2022
White Ferns crushed by England, to face Australia in semifinals

Fortunately for the White Ferns, they were already assured a semifinal spot before their destruction by England.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Mark Chapman century leads Black Caps to ODI win over Scotland

The fringe players are certainly making the most of their chances for the Black Caps. Mark Chapman scored his first century for New Zealand as the Black Caps chased down 302 to defeat Scotland in their only ODI in Edinburgh.

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Wednesday, August 03 2022
Heath Davis becomes first NZ male cricketer to publicly acknowledge he is gay

Three decades after his test debut, Heath Davis has become the first male New Zealand international cricketer to come out as gay.

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Monday, August 01 2022
 Black Caps smash record score to destroy Scotland

The Black Caps brushed aside Scotland to sweep the two-match Twenty20 series after posting their highest total in the format before winning by 102 runs.

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Monday, August 01 2022
Suzie Bates shines as White Ferns beat South Africa in opener

Fourteen years after playing basketball at the Olympics, Suzie Bates put on a show during her Commonwealth Games cricket debut.

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