The Black Caps' year of breaking records

By Chris Rattue

Martin Guptill smashed the highest ever score at a Cricket World Cup. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Martin Guptill smashed the highest ever score at a Cricket World Cup. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Just another day at the office.

Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson powered their way into the T20 record books in Hamilton, but such feats are becoming par for the course. New Zealand batsmen have produced an extraordinary run of world milestones during the past year.

Ross Taylor

Taylor's 290 at Perth in November was the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia, breaking the record set by an Englishman well over 100 years ago. Taylor, like the rest of the New Zealand team, had been affected by poor preparation going into the first test at Brisbane.

"I felt I just needed to get back in the groove," said Taylor, in a typically understated way.

Kane Williamson/BJ Watling

New Zealand are sixth wicket record specialists, and Williamson (242 no) and Watling (142 no) set a world record 365 against Sri Lanka in Wellington early last year.

That beat the 353 set by McCullum and Watling against India at the same ground. Martin Guptill and McCullum's 352 against Bangladesh was pushed down to fifth. England's Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow broke the record against South Africa, putting on 399 in Cape Town.

Grant Elliott/Luke Ronchi

New Zealand were battling at 93 for 5 against Sri Lanka before Elliott and Ronchi took charge of the one-day game in Dunedin a year ago, tearing the tourists apart as New Zealand reached 360. Their world record 267 partnership, off 30 overs, was powered by the hitting of Ronchi, whose 170 included nine sixes. Elliott scored a clever 104, on his way to becoming a World Cup star later in the year. The old record - a mere 218 - had been set by India's MS Dhoni and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene in a game between Asia and Africa, which apparently counted as official.

Elliott said: "We'll share a beer and it'll be great to look at the world record and be pretty proud that's it's contributed to a win."

Martin Guptill

Guptill's unbeaten 237 against the West Indies at Westpac Stadium in Wellington was the highest score in World Cup history. New Zealand's 393 for 6 in the quarter-final romp was also the highest total in a World Cup knockout match. Guptill had been dropped on his third ball, a fairly straight forward chance to Marlon Samuels at square leg. A raucous crowd of 30,000 saw him smash 11 sixes in 163 balls, including one that landed on the Cake Tin roof. The record had only just been set by the Windies Chris Gayle against Zimbabwe, his 215 being the first-ever World Cup double century.


The openers blitzed Sri Lanka in Hamilton, their 171 pipping the 2009 mark set by South Africans Graeme Smith and Loots "Bazooka" Bosman as the highest partnership in T20s.


When Guptill gets going, watch out. He was on target to beat the AB de Villiers' 16-ball record for a one day 50, before slowing down against Sri Lanka in December and reaching the mark of 17 balls. From the obscure statistics department, Guptill's 93 in a total of 118 at Christchurch meant he scored nearly 79 per cent of his team's runs, a world record for a completed ODI innings. At the other end, opening partner Tom Latham meandered along for 17 off 20 balls.


The stylish assassin had a remarkable 2015, one of the best by any batsman in history. He broke new ground for a New Zealander, reaching the world test number one ranking for batsmen in real time. The only other Kiwi to top this test list was Glenn Turner, who found out years later that he reached the peak in 1973 after retrospective calculations were made.

Colin Munro

The Aucklander hit a world record 23 sixes in a first class innings, while scoring 281 from 167 balls against Central Districts in Napier, last March. Four players, including Jesse Ryder, held the previous record which was a paltry 16.

There were few witnesses to history in this case. Munro's assault occurred in the shadow of the World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, and domestic cricket gets scant publicity at the best of times.

Munro said: "We didn't even have anyone to push the sightscreens to be honest, because all the guys were up in Auckland or watching the game at home. "There was no-one around mate...there was probably a couple of the CD boys' parents down there, or girlfriends and wives."

- NZ Herald

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