Harry Cave

​​​(1922 – 1989) | Cricket

Harry CaveInducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Was captain of New Zealand’s first team to tour Pakistan and India, in 1955-56, but is better known for his feats when New Zealand won its first ever international match – against the touring West Indies at Eden Park on 13 March 1956. 

In that historic Auckland test Cave, who came from one of the country’s best-known cricketing families, took 4-22 and 4-21, conceding only 43 runs from a total of 40.4 overs, which included 26 maidens. 

It was New Zealand’s first test win in 45 tests over a 25-year period. 

Only a few months earlier he had been captain of a torturous eight-test tour of India and Pakistan which saw many of the team, including Cave himself, struck down with illness. 

On that tour in very trying conditions Harry Cave bowled 254 medium pace in-swing and leg cutter overs including 119 maidens, in five tests against India, and took seven wickets.

After the Auckland test win Cave came up against a touring Australian B team that contained the likes of Craig, Simpson, Favell, Burge, Benaud, O’Neill and Harvey and in three matches conceded less than two runs an over, taking 17 wickets at an average of 16.70 runs.

Harry Cave, who followed in the footsteps of his father and five uncles who all repped for Whanganui with one of his uncles a test umpire in 1929-30, was NZ Cricket Almanack Player of the Year in 1957. He also toured England in 1949 and 1958.

He played in 117 first class matches for NZ, Central Districts and Wellington, including 19 internationals (nine as captain), between 1945 and 1959, taking 362 runs at an average of 23.93 runs.

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