18 September 2014
ICC Cricket World Cup Top Ten: New Zealand batting
Although one of the smaller cricketing nations, New Zealand has a proud history of performing strongly on the ICC Cricket World Cup stage – with only Australia securing more wins than it in the tournament’s history.
Ross Taylor hit 131* against Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
In this feature, we take a look at the top ten individual New Zealand batting performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
1: Stephen Fleming 134*
2003: New Zealand v South Africa
In a do-or-die match against host South Africa, Stephen Fleming played the ultimate captain’s knock to steer New Zealand home to a famous victory.
Chasing 307 to win, Fleming quietened the passionate home crowd by carving regular boundaries off the much vaunted pace attack of Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis.
Fleming’s concentration was unbroken as the teams came off the field for multiple rain delays and a power failure. In an innings of calm, control and elegance, he brought up his century off 109 balls and directed New Zealand to victory in a rain-reduced encounter with nine balls to spare.
2: Martin Crowe 100*
1992: New Zealand v Australia
Coming out to bat in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, Captain Martin Crowe was under immediate pressure with his team struggling at 13-2 against the reigning world champions.
Playing with grace, poise and immaculate timing, Crowe cashed in on anything full through the covers and whipped the short deliveries away to the square-leg boundary.
An epic captain’s knock was rewarded in the final over of the innings when he brought up 100 off 134 balls. Crowe again starred in the field with his innovative tactics ensuring a famous victory for New Zealand.
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3: Ross Taylor 131*
2011: New Zealand v Pakistan
In a match dubbed the ‘Pallekele Plunder’ no one cashed in more than New Zealand’s big hitting maestro, Ross Taylor.
After being dropped twice early in his innings, Taylor scratched his way through to 68 off 105 balls before going on one of the most startling late-over assaults ever seen in International cricket.
Taylor masterminded a kiwi-blitz which brought 114 runs off the last six overs. He showed no mercy to Shoaib Akhtar, taking 28 runs off the speedster’s last over in Pakistan colours.
In all, Taylor ended on 131 not out off 124 balls including seven sixes to reinforce his reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous big hitters.
4: Chris Harris 130
1996: New Zealand v Australia
After being dropped early in the tournament, Chris Harris was recalled for a sudden-death quarter-final match against Australia.
Promoted to number five, Harris joined Captain Lee Germon with New Zealand struggling at 44-3. The two Cantabrians put on a memorable 168 run partnership at a run-a-ball to put the pressure back on Australia.
Harris was in devastating form, smashing four sixes and 13 fours in his innings of 130 off 124 balls. Courtesy of Harris’s heroics, New Zealand ended up on a formidable 286 and it took a sublime knock from Mark Waugh to topple New Zealand.
5: Glenn Turner 171*
1975: New Zealand v East Africa
New Zealand’s first ICC Cricket World Cup match is most remembered for Glenn Turner’s remarkable innings of 171 not out – which still stands as New Zealand’s highest individual score in the tournament.
Opening the innings against East Africa, Turner carried his bat through the innings to see New Zealand through to 309-5.
A hallmark of Turner’s innings was his timing and placement, which saw him repeatedly split the field in hitting eighteen boundaries. His innings still remains the seventh highest in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
6: Roger Twose 80*
1999: New Zealand v Australia
After restricting Australia to 213, New Zealand were under pressure at 49-4 with Roger Twose at the crease.
Twose was defiant in the face of a relentless Australia bowling attack featuring all-time greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. After a period of sustained pressure, he took control of the match by turning the strike and hitting regular boundaries to keep the run-rate required under control.
With Twose in full command, the win came with five wickets and 28 balls in hand to the delight of the New Zealand fans in attendance at Sophia Gardens in Wales.
7: Nathan Astle 101
1996: New Zealand v England
Regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest One Day International players, Astle showed why against England at the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996.
Opening the innings, Astle displayed his hallmark power and timing early in the innings, before taking control of the middle overs by picking the gaps with regular singles.
Astle hit eight fours and two sixes in his innings of 101 from 132 balls, with New Zealand going onto win by 11 runs.
8: Scott Styris 141
2003: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Although New Zealand lost this match convincingly, Scott Styris played one of the great rear-guard knocks to score 141 – an incredible 109 runs more than any other New Zealand player.
With the score on 15-3, Styris refused to yield to the rampant Sri Lanka bowling attack and went about bludgeoning the ball to all areas of the park.
When his 125 ball stay at the crease ended, he had taken the Sri Lanka bowlers for three fours and six sixes in his innings of 141.
9: Mark Greatbatch 73
1992: New Zealand v India
One of the enduring memories of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 was the pinch-hitting of burly left-hander Mark Greatbatch for New Zealand.
Chasing 231 to win, and equal West Indies record of six straight ICC Cricket World Cup victories, Greatbatch deposited four massive sixes in his innings of 73 off 77 balls. It was an innings that was typical of Greatbatch’s 1992 campaign – fearless, frenetic and ruthless.
With rain in the air, New Zealand were ahead of the run rate when Greatbatch departed and they waltzed to victory with four wickets in hand.
10: Brendon McCullum 52*
2007: New Zealand v Canada
With some of the quickest hands in the modern game, and the power to match, Brendon McCullum is one of the most devastating batsmen in the world and Canada found out why at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.
Coming into bat with just seven overs left in the innings, McCullum wasted no time in blasting the fastest ICC Cricket World Cup fifty off just 20 balls.
The Canada bowlers were hapless as McCullum slammed five sixes to end his innings with an incredible strike-rate of 247.
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