We saw the tears.
White Ferns and Otago Sparks wicketkeeper-batter Katey Martin has pulled stumps on a decorated international and domestic cricket career spanning 21 years.
Not too many years ago the thought of an upstart colonial coaching the English cricket team would have been enough to have members of the MCC snorting into their pink gins.
Black Caps World Cup star Jimmy Neesham has been cut from the national contract list, while Wellington Firebirds all-rounder Michael Bracewell received an offer for the first time.
Dunedin's Black Caps great Brendon McCullum has been tipped as a 'strong contender' to become England's test cricket coach.
New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls has a calf strain and is in doubt for the test tour of England, head coach Gary Stead says.
Experienced Otago pair Hamish Rutherford and Jacob Duffy have been named in a 20-strong Black Caps test squad for the upcoming tour of England.
England have unveiled Ben Stokes as their test captain, hoping for a swift turnaround under the talismanic all-rounder after a tame end to Joe Root's five years in charge of the team.
The New Zealand domestic season wound up yesterday with Canterbury recording a 98-run win against Auckland in Lincoln.
Joe Root has stepped down as England's test cricket captain, succumbing to pressure from influential figures within the game following a run of poor results capped by dispiriting tours of Australia and the Caribbean.
Albion stalwart Gerard Finnie and promising Otago batter Jacob Cumming were among the prize winners on the opening day of the New Zealand Cricket awards.
Former NZ cricketer James Franklin is at the centre of historic allegations in which an Indian cricketer claims he was left bound and gagged for a night during a party to celebrate winning the Champions League.
Volts spinner Ben Lockrose and Sparks batter Bella James are the recipients of the inaugural Patrons Scholarship.