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The West Indies cricket team has been regular visitors to New Zealand, since stopping off in Wellington to play their provincial side, prior to a five test tour of Australia in the 1930/31 season.

There are few more excitement teams in international cricket than the ‘Windies’, with plenty of batsmen that love to heave the ball out of the park, and express train bowlers that try to break the sound barrier with the ball in hand.

During the West Indies 2017/18 tour of the country, they stopped off at the Bay Oval for two scheduled International T20 encounters with the Black Caps, The first match turned to disappointment on New Years Day 2018, with inclement weather having the last say, after the Black Caps reached 103 for the loss of four wickets, in the second of the three game series.

The New Zealand representatives wrapped up the series two zip two days later, when they posted 243/5, after Colin Munro went ballistic smashing 103 runs of just 55, in an innings that included ten 6’s. A determined Black Cap bowling assault removed the international visitors for 124 to hand the Black Caps a 119 run win.  

Travelling back in time reveals the first West Indies visit to the Bay of Plenty, when they played a Bay of Plenty Invitation XI at Smallbone Park on the 19 March 1969, in what turned out to be a festival match.

While the Bay of Plenty invitation eleven were never in the hunt, they got to see some of the best players in the world at close quarters. The Bay of Plenty side consisted of nine regular Bay of Plenty players, with two former West Indies test players who had immigrated to New Zealand, adding a Caribbean touch to the Bay side.

Bruce Pairaudeau, who played three tests for the West Indies before becoming a first pick for ND for a number of years was selected for the hosts, along with another West Indies test player in “Sammy” Guillen.

Guillen who was an accomplished keeper was one of a handful of international players to play test cricket for two countries. He played five tests for the West Indies, before arriving permanently in New Zealand where he played another three test matches, including New Zealand’s first test victory, over the West Indies

The home team won the toss and elected to bat and reached 142 for the loss of seven wickets at the 40 over mark – where they promptly declared.

In the nature of what had become a festival match, with the declaration, the West Indies went on a batting spree rarely seen in the country. The visitors were bowled out for 308 with the second ball of the 36th over, which equates to nearly 12 runs an over.

Charlie Davis was in magnificent touch, recording a century, while Garry Sobers hit what is believed to be the biggest six ever seen at Smallbone Park on his way to scoring a half century.

Bay of Plenty Invitation Team v West Indies @ Smallbone Park, 19 March 1969

Bay of Plenty Invitation XI 142/7 (BH Pairaudeau 61no; BF Butcher 2/43) lost to West Indies 308 (CA Davis 102. GS Sobers 50)

Bay of Plenty Invitation XI: (MC Langdon, BM Owen, GW Stewart, BH Pairaudeau, PO Blake, SC Guillen, PD Stone, MT Henderson, LD Anderson, EC Petrie, JBR Park.

West Indies: RC Fredericks, GS Camacho, CA Davis, DAJ Halford, CH Lloyd, GS Sobers, WW Hall, LA King, BF Butcher, TM Finlay. CC Griffith.


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