Thursday, August 24th, 2023


Worcestershire will take on New Zealand for the 15th time in tomorrow’s T20 match at New Road and it is 86 years since their one victory against the Black Caps.

That occurred in June 1937 when they triumphed by 136 runs in a three-day fixture.

Worcestershire totalled 374 all out – their highest ever score against New Zealand – by the end of the first day after choosing to bat.

Vernon Grimshaw scored a century with Eddie Cooper (81) and Joseph Horton (64) the other main contributors.

The tourists were then bowled out for 154 with Reg Perks, Worcestershire’s leading wicket-taker with 2143 wickets, returning 4-43 and Dick Howorth 4-53.

Worcestershire did not enforce the follow on and declared on 208-6 with HHIH ‘Doc’ Gibbons and Howorth hitting half centuries.

New Zealand were set 429 to win and were bowled out for 292 despite 134 not out from number nine batter, Gordon Weir.

Perks added three more wickets but Sydney Martin (5-106) did most of the damage in sealing victory for Worcestershire.

According to Cricket Archive, their overall record against New Zealand is Played 14, Won 1, Drawn 7, Lost 6. This consists of 13 first class and one List A fixture. You can check out some archive footage from a 1949 encounter at a packed New Road.

The most recent fixture between the two sides was a four-day tour match in 2015 in which Ross Whiteley scored a century in a 15 run defeat.