Story: Canterbury region

Early cricket match

Early cricket match

Cricket was the first popular sport in Christchurch – a team was formed in 1851. Canterbury teams later dominated the game in New Zealand. In February 1864 the visiting All-English team of 11 cricketers played a team of 22 Cantabrians. Despite the imbalance between the teams, the English won by an innings and two wickets. This lithograph depicts what was dubbed the ‘Grand Cricket Match’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Sport and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015