January 3, 1972
c B Hadlee b R Hadlee
Joins brother Barry in the Canterbury side. Takes 3 for 57 and 1 for 26 on his first-class debut
, after being hit for a four first ball. The second of those wickets comes through a catch by Barry.
January 16, 1972
Third match, three in three
In his third week as a first-class cricketer, he removes Ken Wadsworth (lbw), Blair Furlong (bowled) and John Howell (bowled) of Central Districts to complete his first first-class hat-trick and hasten a nine-wicket win
February 2, 1973
Richard Hadlee to Sadiq Mohammad, four runs
His first delivery on Test debut
is hit for four too. He takes 2 for 84 and 0 for 28 in a weather-affected draw. Shows all-round capabilities by smashing 46 runs in 49 minutes. For the next two Tests he gives way to brother Dayle and so sets the pattern of his Test career for the next three years: sometimes in, as often out.
February 13-17, 1976
Fourth seamer, 11 wickets
Hadlee is not expecting to play when he is included in the XII for the third Test
against the visiting Indians in 1976. On the morning of the Test, though, New Zealand exclude the spinner Hedley Howarth, and Hadlee, coming on initially as fourth seamer, finishes with a match return of 11 for 58, Test record figures by a New Zealander.
February 10-14, 1978
First win over Blighty
Takes 6 for 26 in a lethal 13.3-over spell, to go with 4 for 74 in the first innings, as England fail to get even half of the 137-run target in Wellington
. It is New Zealand's first Test win over England.
Winter of 1978
Sales manager no more
Has to give up his day job in Christchurch when he travels to England for a double-wicket tournament. It is while in England that he is approached by Nottinghamshire to replace Clive Rice, who has been sacked for his involvement with World Series Cricket. Nottinghamshire reconsider: Rice returns, Hadlee remains.
February 8-13, 1980
New Zealand's leading wicket-taker
Another double-figure haul, 11 for 102, is responsible for a dramatic win
over West Indies, as well as making him New Zealand's leading wicket-taker. In addition, he becomes the first New Zealander to 100 wickets and 1000 runs in Tests.
February 26, 1980
Hadlee the batsman
In the second Test
of the series, he scores his maiden century, setting up a draw and also a 1-0 series win over West Indies. It is the start of a 12-year unbeaten home-series record for New Zealand.
For his services to cricket, he is awarded the MBE in the 1980 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Trent Bridge's titan
Operating off a shorter run - 15 paces as against 23 - he is the only bowler to cross 100 first-class wickets in English season of 1981. His all-round contribution of 105 wickets at 14.89 and 745 runs at 32.39 takes Nottinghamshire to their first title since 1929. Wisden names him a Cricketer of the Year.
August 28, 1983
With the wicket of Norman Cowans at Trent Bridge
, Hadlee becomes the 19th man to take 200 Test wickets. Of the 18 ahead of him, only Garry Sobers, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Richie Benaud, and Imran Khan have more runs than Hadlee's 1601.
Stress takes its toll
Experiences mental-health problems due to the stress of international cricket and public-speaking engagements. Takes a holiday to Rarotonga, where he runs into Dennis Lillee, and the two share their feelings about the pressure of cricket. Comes back to do well in the England series, scoring 144 runs in four innings and taking 21 wickets.
Doing Oz in Oz
Takes 33 wickets at 12.15 in three Tests in Australia
, the third-best figures ever in a three-match series, including another 11-wicket match haul and his personal best innings haul of 9 for 52, setting up New Zealand's first series win on Australian soil.
February 21, 1986
When he gets Allan Border lbw in Wellington
, he becomes only the sixth man to 300 Test wickets. He has already overtaken his two allrounder rivals in terms of wickets, Kapil Dev (281) and Imran Khan (254), and is behind only Ian Botham (345). New Zealand go on to win the series 1-0.
Season of torment
Takes a ten-for in Melbourne
to nearly fashion an unlikely Test win, but Mike Whitney, the Aussie No. 11, negotiates the last over to secure a draw. Had Hadlee broken through then, it would have taken him one ahead of Ian Botham's world record of 373 wickets. The record doesn't come in the next Test
either, as he breaks down on the first morning and is ruled out for the whole series. At an awards dinner at the end of the season, Richie Benaud, seeing Hadlee hobble up to the stage, thinks he "would never play cricket again".
November 12, 1988
Reconsiders his decision of not touring India after his stomach troubles on the 1976 tour. On the first morning of the Bangalore Test
, he overtakes Ian Botham's record of 373 wickets with Arun Lal's wicket, getting there in 19 Tests fewer than the incumbent. His match-winning ten-wicket haul in Bombay
dispenses doubts about his fitness, but New Zealand lose the series 1-2.
Gets to 400 wickets with the dismissal of Sanjay Manjrekar in Christchurch
, followed by his 100th first-class five-for, against Australia in Wellington
. Follows it up with the announcement that he will retire after the England tour.
June 16, 1990
Arise Sir Richard
It is announced that he is to be knighted for his services to cricket, although the honour is actually conferred in October later in the year.
Leaving on a high
Is Man of the Match in his penultimate Test
for an 84-ball 86. His last bowling effort, at Edgbaston
, is a five-for, and his last delivery in Tests gets him the wicket of Devon Malcolm.
April 3, 2009
Hall of Fame
In a ceremony during the Wellington Test against India, Hadlee is inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.