The first class cricket team in New Zealand that is based in Wellington is known as Wellington Firebirds. The home ground of this team is called as Basin Reserve. The team made its debut in 1873 at Wellington. At present it takes part in the State Twenty20 Cricket tournament, the State Shield domestic one day competition and the State Championship first class four day competition. The Wellington Firebirds have been victorious in the State Shield championship twice between 1970 and 1980, twice between 1980 and 1990, once between 1990 and 2000 and once after the millennium. The team has won the Shell Trophy / State Championship four times between 1980 and 1990 and twice after the millennium. The Plunket Shield Trophy has been lifted by the team in the following seasons – four times between 1920 and 1930, twice between 1930 and 1940, once between 1940 and 1950, twice between 1950 and 1960, thrice between 1960 and 1970 and twice between 1970 and 1980. The former notable players of the Wellington Firebirds are Martin Crowe, Jeremy Coney, Richard Collinge, Ewen Chatfield, Bob Blair, Evan Gray, Bruce Edgar, Simon Doull, Artie Dick, John Reid and Bruce Taylor. In 2006-07 the squad of the Wellington Firebirds was comprised of the following players – Michael Parlane was the skipper along with Stephen Fleming, Sam Fairley, Grant Elliott, Matthew Bell, Mark Houghton, Luke Woodcock, Jesse Ryder, Jeetan Patel, Neal Parlane and Chris Nevin. Wellington has several clubs like Wellington Collegians CC (established 1970), Victoria University CC (1906), Upper Valley CC (2002), Onslow CC (1930), Naenae Old Boys (1945), Johnsonville CC (1886), Eastern Suburbs (1993) and Brooklyn CC (1929).
The Wellington Firebirds have won the State Shield 6 times, the Shell Trophy / State Championship 6 times and the Plunket Shield 14 times. Since the beginning of the millennium the team has the best State Championship record. The team has won the title twice in 2000-01 and 2003-04 and has been runner up thrice in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2005-06.
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