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Summer Of 69 Team Reunite

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Summer Of 69 Team Reunite

Wellington, April 3 NZPA - The ground-breaking New Zealand cricket team that secured the country's first test and series wins on the sub-continent has reunited at the Basin Reserve where New Zealand and India started their third and final test today.

The 1969 side lost the three-test series to England 2-0 but on their long journey home they created history by beating India by 167 runs in the second test at Nagpur to atone for a 60-run loss in the opening test in Mumbai.

Spinner Hedley Howarth's nine-wicket match haul was instrumental in New Zealand recording their first win on the sub-continent and the team also had the upper in the third test at Hyderabad before it ended in a draw.

A maiden series win was instead achieved in Pakistan. The first test was drawn in Karachi but by dismissing Pakistan for 114 in their first innings at Lahore, New Zealand were able to push on for a five-wicket victory.

New Zealand were on the brink of surrendering their lead in Dhaka but a defiant 96-run partnership between Mark Burgess and Bob Cunis for the ninth wicket salvaged a draw.

Members of the team, including captain Graham Dowling, Glenn Turner, Dayle Hadlee and Bruce Taylor were confirmed to attend the reunion at the Basin Reserve. Other players expected to be there include Bruce Murray, Burgess, Bevan Congdon, Brian Hastings, Vic Pollard, Richard Collinge, Barry Milburn and Bryan Yuile.

Cunis, Howarth, Ken Wadsworth, and Dick Motz are deceased.

New Zealand Cricket president Don Neely felt the side never gained true recognition.

"That was an outstanding achievement in the trying sub-continent conditions which saw New Zealand competing not only against legendary cricketers like Bishen Bedi and the Mohammad brothers -- Hanif, Mushtaq and Sadiq -- but also battling the weather, rioting crowds and fires in the stands," he said.

"It's a pity this side hasn't had greater recognition -- perhaps their achievements were overshadowed by other world events in those tumultuous times, which saw men walking on the moon, as well as Vietnam and Woodstock."

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