11,600
Vance Stand End, Scoreboard End
Wellington
02:52, Wed Feb 10, 2016 (UTC +1300)
Basin Reserve
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v England - Jan 24-27, 1930 Scorecard
New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Jan 3-7, 2015 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
New Zealand v England - Mar 9, 1975 Scorecard
New Zealand v Pakistan - Jan 25, 2016 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

Nestled beneath Mount Victoria and Mount Cook, the Basin Reserve is an island of cricket in inner city Wellington. Spectators are accommodated on a grass bank on the eastern side of the ground, a natural sun trap which also provides shelter from the notorious southerly winds. The ground is protected by Act of Parliament and is New Zealand's only sport ground on the National Heritage list.

Cricket in Wellington received a surprise boost in 1855, courtesy of an unexpected earthquake which flattened out enough ground to create the Basin Reserve. The ground, however, was swampy and it was another 13 years until the ground was completed and the first match was played between Wellington Volunteers and representatives of HMS Falcon in 1868.

Five years later, the inaugural first-class match was played there, between Wellington and Auckland. But it was not until much later the next century, that the Basin Reserve hosted its first Test, when in 1929, New Zealand faced the MCC. Local batsman Stewie Dempster and Aucklander Jack Mills shared an opening stand of 276: they each struck centuries, the first by New Zealanders in Test matches.

But local enthusiasts had to wait until 1968-69 for New Zealand's first Test victory on the ground, against West Indies. It was also the scene of a then-world record for all Test wickets when, in 1990-91, Martin Crowe (299) and Andrew Jones (186) posted 467 runs in their third-wicket stand against Sri Lanka.

Sir Richard Hadlee took his 300th Test wicket here, when he removed the Australian captain Allan Border. This was one of 53 wickets Hadlee picked up at the Basin Reserve, at an average of 20.3.

Map Click here

Cricinfo staff May 2005

Fixtures

2016
Fri Feb 12 - Tue Feb 16
10:30 local | 21:30 GMT
16:30 EST | 15:30 CST | 13:30 PST
1st Test - New Zealand v Australia
Sun Feb 28 (20 ovs)
14:00 local | 01:00 GMT
20:00 EST | 19:00 CST | 17:00 PST
1st T20I - New Zealand Women v Australia Women
Tue Mar 1 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 03:00 GMT
22:00 EST | 21:00 CST | 19:00 PST
2nd T20I - New Zealand Women v Australia Women
Tue Mar 8 - Fri Mar 11
10:30 local | 21:30 GMT
16:30 EST | 15:30 CST | 13:30 PST
Plunket Shield
Wellington v Northern Districts
Wed Mar 23 - Sat Mar 26
10:30 local | 21:30 GMT
17:30 EDT | 16:30 CDT | 14:30 PDT
Plunket Shield
Wellington v Auckland
Wed Mar 30 - Sat Apr 2
10:30 local | 21:30 GMT
17:30 EDT | 16:30 CDT | 14:30 PDT
Plunket Shield
Wellington v Canterbury
Day and Night - Day and Night International Matches - International Matches Live - Covered by Cricinfo
No responsibility is taken by Cricinfo for the accuracy of this information.

Latest Photos

Fans pack the grass embankments at Basin Reserve for the first ODI there in nearly ten years, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington, January 25, 2016
Fans pack the grass embankments at Basin Reserve for the first ODI there in nearly ten years
© Getty Images
Pakistan warm up at Basin Reserve, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Basin Reserve, Wellington, January 25, 2016
Pakistan warm up at Basin Reserve
© AFP
The picket fence around the Basin Reserve, Wellington, March 10, 2015
The picket fence around the Basin Reserve
© ESPNcricinfo/Firdose Moonda
The Beige Brigade at the Wellington Test
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd/Paul Ford
 
View the full index of related photos »

Weather

Weather.com
Tue
09/02

Showers/Wind Early
Showers/Wind Early

Min 15° C
Wed
10/02

Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

Max 24° C
Min 17° C
Thu
11/02

Sunny
Sunny

Max 25° C
Min 17° C
Fri
12/02

Sunny
Sunny

Max 23° C
Min 16° C

Hour by Hour forecast » | 10-day forecast »

Ground Fixtures Ground Results
1st Test: New Zealand v Australia at Wellington
Feb 12-16, 2016 (10:30 local | 21:30 GMT -1d | 16:30 EST -1d | 15:30 CST -1d | 13:30 PST -1d)
1st T20I: NZ Women v Aus Women at Wellington
Feb 28, 2016 (14:00 local | 01:00 GMT | 20:00 EST -1d | 19:00 CST -1d | 17:00 PST -1d)
2nd T20I: NZ Women v Aus Women at Wellington
Mar 1, 2016 (16:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 22:00 EST -1d | 21:00 CST -1d | 19:00 PST -1d)
Wellington v Northern D at Wellington
Mar 8-11, 2016 (10:30 local | 21:30 GMT -1d | 16:30 EST -1d | 15:30 CST -1d | 13:30 PST -1d)
Wellington v Auckland at Wellington
Mar 23-26, 2016 (10:30 local | 21:30 GMT -1d | 17:30 EDT -1d | 16:30 CDT -1d | 14:30 PDT -1d)
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »