Cricket: What history says at the Basin

By David Leggat

Peter Fulton scored 75 the last time New Zealand played the West Indies at the Basin Reserve, in 2006. Photo /Getty Images
Peter Fulton scored 75 the last time New Zealand played the West Indies at the Basin Reserve, in 2006. Photo /Getty Images

New Zealand have a good record at the Basin Reserve against the West Indies, winning three and losing two of the previous tests in Wellington.

Ahead of the seventh clash between the teams on the country's most distinctive, iconic ground, here's the story of the last six...

1: March 1956. West Indies won by 9 wickets
The third test of the series and the Windies went 3-0 up, on the back of Everton Weekes' third century of the rubber, 156 out of a first innings of 404.

New Zealand's first innings of 208 was compiled at a funereal run rate of 1.47 per over. New Zealand had their hands full with unorthodox left arm spinner Alf Valentine - 35-20-31-1 - and offspinning allrounder Collie Smith, 29-15-27-2.

Following on New Zealand made exactly the same score. Don Taylor, in his first test for nine years and as it turned out his second last, hit 77. New Zealand made up for it in the fourth test, landing their famous first test win at Eden Park.

2: March 1969. New Zealand won by six wickets
Dick Motz's 6-69 had the West Indies all out for 297, which New Zealand fell 15 runs under. However they rolled the tourists' for 148 and after tumbling to 39 for three, Brian Hastings' unbeaten 62 in the ace of some hostile fast bowling from Charlie Griffith, got the job done. It was only New Zealand's fifth test win.

3: March 1987. Drawn
John Wright's double of 75 and 138, coupled with Martin Crowe's 119 in the second innings ensured a strong West Indies outfit would have to wait until the second test at Eden Park for their only win of the drawn series.

Joel Garner took five for 51 in New Zealand's 228, Desmond Haynes hit 121 in the Windies' 345 before New Zealand kept the West Indies in the field for 177 overs second time around en route to 386 for five declared.

Viv Richards bowled 47 overs of flat offspin, not wanting to take the second new ball.

4: February 1995. West Indies won by an innings and 322 runs
One of New Zealand's worst test defeats to end a grim summer on the back of a controversial tour of South Africa.

The West Indies ran up 660-5, their eighth highest total against anyone and the alltime highest against New Zealand. There were centuries for Brian Lara, Jimmy Adams and Junior Murray.Three New Zealanders, Simon Doull, Murphy Su'a and Matthew Hart, all raised bowling hundreds in the innings.

New Zealand were then knocked over for 216 and 122, opener Darrin Murray the shining light with 52 and 43.

Courtney Walsh enjoyed his best return in a test, match figures of 36-15-55-13.

5: December 1999. New Zealand won by an innings and 105 runs
Mathew Sinclair's test debut produced a fine 214 - then only the fourth instance of a batsman achieving a double ton in his first match.

The West Indies made 179 and 234, Chris Cairns taking 5-44 in the first innings; Dion Nash 4-38 in the second.

6: March 2006. New Zealand won by 10 wickets.
A convincing win, with the West Indies' 192 (James Franklin 5-53) and 215 no match for New Zealand's 372.

Captain Stephen Fleming hit 97 and Peter Fulton 75, sharing a 165-run third wicket stand. New Zealand were left with 35 to win.

- NZ Herald

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