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The Plunket Shield

In 1906 the Plunket Shield was presented by William Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket, governor of New Zealand, for cricket competition between the provinces. Originally it was contested on a challenge basis, which is why the inscription on the shield describes it as 'Plunket Challenge Shield'. However, in 1921 the competition became a round robin. In 1975 the Plunket Shield was replaced by the Shell Trophy, but a change in sponsorship led to the Plunket Shield being restored in 2009.

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Don Neely, 'Cricket - Provincial cricket', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/38291/the-plunket-shield (accessed 17 November 2018)

Story by Don Neely, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016