Plunket Shield

The Plunket Shield is one of New Zealand's oldest sporting competitions.


The shield itself was donated by Lord William Lee Plunket, New Zealand's twelfth Governor, in 1907, and is considered the most beautiful sporting prize in New Zealand.



Canterbury was the first choice to hold the shield, which was promptly lost to Auckland in the first challenge match.


If two or more teams are equal on points at the completion of the series of 10 rounds, the winner is decided by the most outright wins or, if still equal, then by the higher net average runs per wicket.


In recent years, the Auckland Aces were runaway champions in 2015/16, claiming the Plunket Shield with a round to spare, but were denied a repeat when the Central Stags defeated them in the final session of the last day of the 2016/17 season.

That result meant Canterbury held onto its position at the top of the table to claim the Plunket Shield for the third time in four years.

However, in 2017/18, fortunes were dramatically reversed with Canterbury well out of the running as the Central Stags charged unbeaten to their 10th title, after having survived a neck and neck race throughout the season with the Wellington Firebirds.

Playing Conditions

Plunket Shield 2017/18

Match Officials Appointments

Plunket Shield 2018/19

Scorer Appointments

Plunket Shield 2018/19

Recent Champions

2017/18  Central Stags
2016/17  Canterbury
2015/16  Auckland Aces
2014/15  Canterbury 
2013/14  Canterbury
2012/13  Central Stags
2011/12  Northern Districts
2010/11  Canterbury 
2009/10  Northern Districts


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