Published date24 November 2023
Publication titleSports Tab
Confirmed cricket tragic Russell Smith spotted last week’s article on New Zealand first-class records that are unlikely to be broken and countered with his own list, which was just too good not to publish

Here are the highlights —

Most first-class runs in a career and most centuries

Jack Hobbs (ENG) 61,760 runs, 199 centuries

Leading New Zealanders: Glenn Turner 34,346 (103 centuries), John Wright 25,073 (59), Martin Crowe 19,608 (71), Bert Sutcliffe 17,447 (44), Geoff Howarth 17,294 (32), John Reid 16,128 (39), Stephen Fleming 16,409 (35).

Most first-class wickets in a career

Wilfred Rhodes (ENG) 4204 wickets

Leading New Zealanders: Richard Hadlee 1490, Clarrie Grimmett (Caversham’s own!) 1424.

Most wickets in a first-class match

Jim Laker (ENG) 19/90 (v Australia, Manchester, 1956)

Leading New Zealanders (since 1900): Alex Tait 16/130, ND v Auckland at Hamilton, February 1997; Stephen Boock 15/104, Otago v Auckland at Carisbrook, January 1990; and, of course, Richard Hadlee 15/123 at the ‘Gabba, November 1985.

Most runs in a test series

Don Bradman (AUS) 974, Wally Hammond (ENG) 905

Leading New Zealanders: Glenn Turner 672 (v West Indies 1972); Bert Sutcliffe 611 (v India 1955-56); John Reid 546 (v South...

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