The National Club Cricket Championship (NCCC) was conceived in the 1970s. Auckland's Cornwall Cricket Club and Canterbury's High School Old Boys' played the inaugural final at Cornwall Park in 1976: hosts Cornwall emerged as the victors. In those days, the competition comprised 40 eight-ball overs, and included a requirement for 15 overs of spin to be bowled.
The teams that day included some great names of New Zealand cricket: brothers Richard, Dayle and Barry Hadlee, Cran Bull, Wayne Burtt and Alan Hounsell for HSOB; and Rodney Redmond, John Kasper, Graham Vivian, Arch Taylor and Dave Anderson for Cornwall; all of whom were current or former first-class or New Zealand reps.
The tournament ceased in 1978, but was resurrected in 1994/95. The format then was based on a three-day tournament, two groups of three playing two matches each; the top two teams playing in the final.
Support from New Zealand Cricket, Major Associations and clubs has allowed the event to evolve into a full round robin tournament played over six days with three matches played side-by-sde each day on Cornwall's three (overlapping) ovals. Each of the six participants play each other in order to determine the seeded finalists in 1v2, 3v4 and 5v6 playoffs on the last day. The modern version of the tournament celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018/19.
Green Island from Otago, Victoria University from Wellington and Napier Technical Old Boys from Central Districts have had the most success at the tournament, Green Island winning five titles, and University and Napier Tech three titles each.
Alongside many a first-class player, many BLACKCAPS have turned out for their club in the tournament over the years including Gary Stead, Llorne Howell, Matt Horne, Heath Davis, Alex Tait, Brooke Walker, Kerry Walmsley, Geoff Allott, James and Hamish Marshall, Matthew Bell, Jesse Ryder, Michael Papps, James Franklin, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Andy Mckay, Ian Butler, Andrew Ellis, Tarun Nethula, Todd Astle, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi (below, with Jono Hickey and Nick Kelly from Manukau City) and Jimmy Neesham.