1956 New Zealand v West Indies, Eden Park Test ball; 1956; TMPACC.14.01.01
1956 New Zealand v West Indies, Eden Park Test ballAbout this object
By 1956, New Zealand cricket fans had endured a long wait to see one of their senior teams win a match at international level. Every time they’d got close, the weather or the opposition had conspired against them. But that wasn’t to be the case at Auckland's Eden Park in March 1956. Facing the West Indies in the final Test of the tour, the New Zealanders got themselves into a position where nothing could stop them.
As, former-West Indies’ representative, Sammy Guillen whipped off the bails to stump Alf Valentine off the bowling of Harry Cave to claim the 190-run win for New Zealand, a nation celebrated after a long sigh of relief. The crowd at Eden Park roared as the New Zealanders made mad-dashes for the stumps, looking to grab a souvenir of the momentous occasion. Captain, John Reid, got his hands on one of the match balls which now holds pride-of-place in the New Zealand Cricket Museum gallery.
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