Who we are
Wellington Collegians is a fantastic cricket club in Wellington, perfectly located in the heart of the city at Anderson Park by the Botanical Gardens. We are proud of our history that dates back to 1849, making us the oldest cricket club in Wellington! We also pride ourselves on our club culture which allows players opportunities to develop their cricket skills in a friendly and social club environment.
A number of players have represented both Wellington and New Zealand. Current Wellington players include James Franklin and Michael Papps. Other past Wellington and New Zealand representatives include Martin Crowe and Bert Vance. Our current women's team includes White Ferns wicket-keeper bats-woman Rachel Priest and Irish international rep Eimear Richardson. Past White Ferns from the club include Penny Kinsella and Fiona Fraser.
Our history stretches back to November 14th 1849, when the Wellington Cricket Club was formed. The Wellington Cricket Club enjoyed 121 years before amalgamating with Wellington College Old Boys Club in 1970. When the Wellington College Old Girls Club also amalgamated into the club in 1976 we became the mighty Wellington Collegians Cricket Club!
For many years the club used the paradise that is the Basin Reserve, but in 1960's worked with the City Council to jointly build a new pavilion at the even better ground of Anderson Park. In 1968, Wellington Collegians played their first game at what we now know as 'The Home of Cricket' - Anderson Park, one of the most picturesque grounds in Wellington.
Historically Collegians has always included "characters" among players guaranteed to liven up any social gathering, because cricket by its very nature is a social game. Through the years, we have been very successful at maintaining the right balance between the discipline needed on the field to win championships and the fun-loving atmosphere we foster in our club rooms.
Collegians players have also set some remarkable records:
Ken Tucker is still the only bowler in Wellington cricket history to take 9 wickets in each innings, a feat achieved against Petone in 1915. He took nine for 46 in the first innings, and had exactly the same figures in the second.
The highest aggregate ever made by a Wellington club cricketer in one season was 1259 runs by Penny Kinsella in 1992-93. Her average was 89.95. She also scored over 1000 runs the previous season.
Collegians has won its share of competition titles through all grades. It has produced many Wellington and New Zealand representatives . As the oldest club in Wellington it has a remarkable history, but we also believe you must look to the future and be innovative and forward thinking to continue making history.