Sports Archive

The Offspin: Savour it, because we’re going to Lord’s

Simon Day and Alex Braae go absolutely berserk over the semi-final win that put the Black Caps into the Cricket World Cup final.

The Black Caps are going to the final after a night of crazed, cathartic dreams

Incredibly, the Black Caps have made the Cricket World Cup final.

The Offspin: Mixing sport and politics with Peter McGlashan

In the latest episode of The Offspin, cricketer, commentator, activist and aspiring local board rep Peter McGlashan joins the show.

Punjab or Te Puke? Who to support when you’re a NZ-Indian cricket reporter

Radio NZ journalist Ravinder Hunia has a dilemma over who to support at the Cricket World Cup tonight.

How did our Cricket World Cup predictions measure up against reality?

In hindsight, many of the predictions were not good at all.

The Offspin podcast: Back to the 90s with Dion Nash

On this episode of The Offspin, legendary all-rounder Dion Nash joins the show after a Black Caps performance that felt like a throwback to New Zealand cricket's dark days of teal.

‘All Black jersey by avant-garde Japanese designer’ is less exciting than it sounds

Revered Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto has unveiled the jersey the All Blacks will wear when they compete in the Rugby World Cup this September. The result is... meh, writes Josie Steenhart.

The Offspin podcast: The unbearable bleakness of an all-night loss to the hated Australians

We're joined by writer, musician and cricket tragic Samuel Flynn Scott, to process the utterly insipid Black Caps loss against Australia. 

The 1992 World Cup grabbed me, and it still won’t let me go

In 1992 the New Zealand cricket team had an unlikely and romantic run at the World Cup. Simon Day retraces the tournament that changed his life forever.

The Offspin Podcast: Deja Vu of ’92

We're joined by writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, and his dad Hamid Ikram, to discuss their role in Pakistan's success at the 1992 Cricket World Cup and their team's potential in 2019.

The Offspin podcast: A walk on hallowed turf with Grant Elliott

Simon Day takes a walk around Eden Park with one of the most unlikely legends of New Zealand sporting history.

The Offspin Podcast: the MPs heading off to their own Cricket World Cup

In this bonus episode of The Offspin podcast, Labour's Kieran McAnulty and National's Chris Bishop join the show to talk about the Parliamentary World Cup, and attempt to prove their cricket fanatic credentials. 

The Offspin Podcast: On the cruelty of cricket, with guest Mark Craig

How good is cricket? Not very good if you're on the wrong side of it.

The Offspin Podcast: Can you even call South Africa’s loss a choke?

In episode eight of The Offspin, we pour one out for the shattered dreams of the Rainbow Nation.

The Offspin podcast: rainy days and father figures

In episode seven of The Offspin, with more bad weather in England and not a lot of cricket being played, we took the opportunity to reminisce on our personal journeys in the sport.

The Offspin podcast: Suzie Bates on how to grow women’s cricket

White Ferns superstar Suzie Bates joins The Offspin to discuss the growth of the women's game, pay inequality, and provide her expert tips for the Black Caps on English playing conditions.

Mitchell McClenaghan dreams of getting back in black

One of the best T20 bowlers in the world is currently entirely without a cricketing gig to look forward to.

Our World Cup football team is better than you think

The Football Ferns are about to play their first game at the Women's Football World Cup in France.

The Offspin podcast: The romantic Afghanistan cricket story faces up to reality

In this episode The Offspin is joined by Basir Safi and Ismail Wardak, two passionate Kiwi-Afghani cricket lovers.

‘You alright?’ A Bangladeshi cricket writer on being caught up in the horror at Al Noor.

Cricinfo’s Mohammad Isam was touring with the Bangladeshi team when they headed toward Al Noor mosque on March 15 to pray. He recalls that fateful day, and how it stayed with him.

The Offspin podcast: At last, a real cricketer joins the show

The Black Caps are two from two at the top of the Cricket World Cup table.

The first female Nike athlete was most likely a runner from New Zealand

In 1981, New Zealand runner Anne Audain accepted prize money for winning a race. In doing so, she changed the status of professional sports all around the world.

Scratched: The story of New Zealand’s most successful road runner (WATCH)

From tennis champions to dance craze inventors, Scratched celebrates New Zealand sporting heroes who never got their due – but whose legacies deserve to be in lights.

A definitive ranking of all the Black Caps’ ODI shirts: now updated for 2019

After the Black Caps' victory over Sri Lanka in their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Calum Henderson has made an important update to his ranking of every New Zealand ODI shirt.