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On This Day…1975

On This Day... 25 February 1975

On this day in 1975 England quick Peter Lever bounced New Zealand quick Ewen Chatfield hitting him in the temple.  Chatfield collapsed onto the pitch clinically dead.

The 1974/5 tour of Australia and New Zealand was not a happy one for England.  They had been comprehensively beaten by a resurgent Australia spearheaded by fast men Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thompson and were not having the better of it in their struggle with the New Zealand Black Caps.  

In his Test debut at Eden Park in Auckland Number 11 Chatfield was putting up stubborn resistance with Geoff Howarth when England fast bowler Peter Leed decided to test him out with a bouncer.  This was the era before helmets and much of the modern protective gear worn today was available to players and the bouncer hit Chatfield on the temple. Continue reading

On This Day…2011

On This Day... 22 February 2011

On this day in 2011 The City of Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

185 people perished and thousands were left homeless when the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and New Zealand’s third largest urban area.

The earthquake caused liquefaction of the ground which combined with tremors brought down many of Christchurch’s biggest structures including the historic cathedral spire.

The quake struck at 12.51pm and greater loss of life was avoided due to the earthquake’s timing being during daylight hours whilst residents of the city were not asleep and were going about their business.

Damage from the earthquake is estimated at between NZD$20-$30 Billion.

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