NEW ZEALAND’S 1949 CRICKET TOUR OF ENGLAND

THE SKIPPER'S DIARY

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“This project came from my desire to both honour my father’s contribution to NZ Cricket and to acknowledge the achievements of the 1949 NZ Cricket team. Walter’s diary is an historical document, which is more than just an account of a cricket tour. It is a remarkable story which deserves to be told. The DVD documentary, ‘The Forty-Niners’, includes player reflections and archive film footage which allows the viewer to hear from the players and experience a bygone era”.

David White
Chief Executive
New Zealand Cricket

“The 1949 tour of England was New Zealand cricket’s Rite of Passage – the tour in which our national team came of age. Four three-day Tests scheduled against the powerful England team (five-day Tests were considered beyond New Zealand’s capability in those days); four Tests drawn, a couple of them in our favour. Such an impression was made by Walter Hadlee’s underdogs they were immediately bestowed with the moniker ‘The Forty-Niners’ and hailed by New Zealanders and English alike. They remain, in most estimations, our most famous touring team.”

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The Cricket Publishing Company, Bascik Transport, Carton Pack, Courier Solutions, hairyLemon, Sky Television, New Zealand Cricket staff, Elite Freight International, the Major and District Cricket Associations throughout the country.