As the international season fast approaches, Headingley is readying itself for its 72nd Test Match ever to be staged at the iconic venue. New Zealand return to Yorkshire for the first time since 2004, when the Black Caps take on England in the second Investec Test Match over the Spring bank holiday (May 24-28).
Since 1949, the first time England played New Zealand at Headingley in a Test Match, there have been six Tests between the two sides at St Michael’s Lane, with England winning on four occasions, New Zealand once – back in 1983 – and there has been one draw during the inaugural encounter.
New Zealand have fared better in one-day internationals on the venue with three victories from their four appearances. This includes two World Cup encounters against India in 1979 and a drawn game versus Zimbabwe in a ‘Super Six’ match during the 1999 World Cup.
Against England, they have an unblemished record with two victories from two matches. Their last victory coming in 1990 after an inspired 102 from Mark Greatbatch saw New Zealand win by four wickets with a solitary ball to spare.
In addition to international cricket, New Zealand have played Yorkshire at Headingley on three occasions, with the White Rose having the upper hand during their last visit in 1994 with an innings victory thanks to a five-wicket haul from Craig White in the Black Caps first innings. The other two matches – 1937 and 1978 – were drawn.
Yorkshireccc.com has delved into the annals of Headingley’s history to bring you some magical moments involving England and New Zealand on the famous old ground.
Third Test Match: July 8-13 1965 / England won by an innings and 187 runs
Opening batsman John Edrich showed why he was regarded as one of the best opening batsman of his generation with a stupendous 310 not out in the first innings of the match. The left-hander dismantled New Zealand’s attack with ease racking up 52 boundaries and five maximums on his way to his highest-ever first-class score.
England declared their first innings on 546 for 4 and bowled New Zealand out for 193, with Yorkshire’s Ray Illingworth the pick of England’s bowlers with 4-42 from 28 overs, which included 14 maidens.
The Kiwis were forced to follow-on and England wrapped up the innings victory on the morning of the fifth day skittling New Zealand for 166. During the match, Illingworth reached 1200 wickets in first-class matches when he dismissed Richard Motz, his fourth wicket, in the New Zealand first innings.
Third Test Match: July 3-8 1958 England won by an innings and 71 runs
The first two days of the Test were lost due to bad weather, but England made the most of the helpful bowling conditions during the latter part of the match with some terrific spin bowling from Jim Laker and Tony Lock ousting New Zealand for a paltry 67. Yorkshire-born Laker took 5-17 and Lock chipped in with 4-14. England put the hammer down in their first innings with centuries from Arthur Milton and Captain Peter May and declared on 267-2. Lock showed his immense skill with the ball in New Zealand’s second innings claiming seven wickets for 51 runs to bowl John Reid’s team out for 129 and help England to an innings victory.
Second Test Match: June 3-7 2004 / England won by nine wickets
England were on the verge of becoming the dominate Test nation on the planet with a hungry young squad. Michael Vaughan’s team showed their prowess with a solid nine wicket victory over New Zealand the last time the two nations met at Headingley.
New Zealand got off to a solid start amassing 409 in their first innings thanks to a169 second-wicket partnership between Michael Papps and Stephen Fleming.
On a batting paradise, England’s opening batsman Marcus Trescothick smashed 132 and solid contributions from Andrew Flintoff (94) and wicketkeeper Geraint Jones (100), saw England record a first innings lead of 117 runs.
Led by Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard (4-75) and Steve Harmison (3-57), England took control of the second innings dismissing the Black Caps for 161. England’s reply was a mere formality with Trescothick helping to stir England to the 45 runs required for a nine wicket victory.