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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Private collection, Don Neely
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