He made his name in rugby, dabbled in some outdoor event racing and now Richie McCaw has shown he has a handful of cricket skills.

The former All Black great, who racked up a world-record 148 test caps during his glittering career, was one of the notable performers during the T20 Black Clash in Christchurch.

Team Rugby pulled off the upset result in front of a sold-out crowd as they recorded a five-wicket win.

McCaw turned 38 last month but is still uber fit due to his multisport pursuits and he took 2-31 with the ball with his gentle left-arm seamers.


He played plenty of rugby in Christchurch during his 145-match career with the Crusaders but he wouldn't have spent much time on Hagley Oval in a sporting capacity.

To add to his two wickets, McCaw also took a great catch in the outfield to dismiss Stephen Fleming off the bowling of Jordie Barrett.

Team Cricket lost the toss and were put into bat with Team Rugby's skipper Kieran Read saying he wanted to see how the pitch played.

Kieran Read and Richie McCaw of Team Rugby celebrate during the T20 Black Clash. Photo / Photosport
Kieran Read and Richie McCaw of Team Rugby celebrate during the T20 Black Clash. Photo / Photosport

There were certainly no issues with the pitch and there was some surprisingly effective pieces of cricket from his rugby players.

Barrett (2-53) went for a few with the ball but he added two run-outs, including a brilliant direct hit from the boundary to get rid of Hamish Marshall (12) late in the innings.

Read, like his loose forward friend McCaw, also took a great catch in the outfield.

Neither were easy grabs and it was surprising to then see fully-fledged cricketer Brendon McCullum put down a relatively simple chance late in the innings at long on.

On the back of 43 from former Black Caps all-rounder Grant Elliott, Team Cricket eventually posted 168-8 from their 20 overs.


Elliott only recently retired from professional cricket and that was evident with how crisply he struck the ball compared to some of his teammates who are further removed from their glory days.

Jordie Barrett batting for Team Rugby. Photo / Photosport
Jordie Barrett batting for Team Rugby. Photo / Photosport

Chris Harris, famous in Canterbury for his lengthy cricket career in the red and black province, was unbeaten on 24 to close out the innings.

Team Rugby's chase was built on the foundation of 48 from McCullum, while the talented Kaylum Boshier made 30 from 21 balls.

Barrett's unbeaten 42 got Team Rugby home with five balls to spare. The utility back on the rugby paddock was a highly-touted junior cricketer and he showed he still has plenty of ability on the cricket field.

Despite the potential for some hijinks there weren't too many outlandish antics, although umpire Billy Bowden brought his usual flavour with his exuberant signals.

Team Rugby's win saw them claim the Lomu-Crowe Trophy.

Team Cricket 168-8 (Grant Elliott 43, Chris Harris 24*; Richie McCaw 2-31, Jordie Barrett 2-53)

Team Rugby 171-5 (Brendon McCullum 48, Jordie Barrett 42*, Kaylum Boshier 30; Franklin 2-15)

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