Black Caps trophy saved after quake

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 05:00 27/03/2014
Jamie Bell with the damaged trophy
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WONKY: Jamie Bell with the slightly damaged trophy.

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A battered trophy from one of the Black Caps' most memorable victories is among treasures rescued from quake-damaged Christchurch.

New Zealand won the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2000.

New Zealand Cricket Museum curator Jamie Bell was recently invited to Christchurch to look through boxes of items rescued from New Zealand Cricket's Hereford St headquarters after the February 2011 earthquake.

"It was a case of going to see what was there."

Among an array of historic jerseys, letters, papers and memorabilia, he found the silver International Cricket Council Champions Trophy.

It was dented and a bit askew, most likely after falling in the earthquake.

"On a world scale this is the only major championships the Black Caps have ever won," Mr Bell said.

Other historical items rediscovered in Christchurch included the Jordan Rose Bowl, which New Zealand and England played for between 1955 and 1997.

One of Mr Bell's favourite items was the used passport of Curly Page, who played for New Zealand between 1930 and 1937. Page died in 1987 aged 84.

"It was just one of those things you don't expect to find," Mr Bell said.

The ICC Champions Trophy was now on display at the Wellington museum.

It would be cleaned but the earthquake damage would not be repaired, he said.

"It's part of its story now."

Cricket historian and former first-class cricketer Don Neely said he remembered the museum receiving the trophy after New Zealand's win in 2000.

"It's great that it's back," he said.

The Black Caps won the final in dramatic fashion, with Chris Cairns scoring an unbeaten century to guide New Zealand home by four wickets.

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