Dawn of the Golden Weather

John Mehaffy


When Kiwi cricketers conquered the world – the 1980s era of Hadlee, Crowe & Co. A must for every cricket fan!

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In the summer of 2015, Brendon McCullum’s Black Caps swept all opposition aside during their thrilling run to a first World Cup final for New Zealand, after six previous sides had faltered at the semi-final stage. Amid the euphoria, fans of a certain age also fondly recalled another golden era when New Zealand startled the cricket world with its feats in test and one-day cricket.

During the 1980s Richard Hadlee, the Crowe brothers, Geoff Howarth, Cairns, Coney, Wright, Smith and Chatfield became household names as they defeated the mighty West Indies, then won consecutive series against both England and Australia. Like McCullum’s men, the 1980s heroes’ popular appeal lay in the one-day arena. Lance Cairns, flourishing a bat named Excalibur, destroyed attacks in the World Series in Australia, and the infamous under-arm controversy at the MCG has become part of folklore.

John Mehaffey recalls a tumultuous era, featuring cricket under lights for the first time, coloured clothing and a white ball. The stars of the day share their memories of a fine team and a magical decade when New Zealand celebrated 17 victories and remained unbeaten in all home series.

About the author

John Mehaffey has been captivated by international sport since he saw his first cricket test at the Basin Reserve in 1963. Graduating from Victoria University with a degree in English and history, he worked for the NZ Press Association and Australian Associated Press, then joined Reuters in London, transferring from the world desk to the sports desk in 1981.

In three decades as a sports writer he has covered seven summer Olympic Games, ten world athletics championships, seven Rugby World Cups, five cricket World Cups, dozens of tests at Lord’s and the Oval, as well as a variety of other sports including tennis, boxing and soccer.

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Dimensions 160 × 10 × 235 mm

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