This article describes the history of New Zealand cricket from the 1918–19 season until 1945.
After the 1920–21 season the competition changed from a challenge format to a single round robin format.
An English team raised by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) played three first-class matches versus the New Zealand national team. MCC also played twice against Auckland and once each versus Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. The MCC team was captained by Archie MacLaren and included Tich Freeman, Freddie Calthorpe, Percy Chapman and Clement Gibson. See : CricketArchive 1922–23
The Australian team played first-class matches from February to April 1928 against the New Zealand national team (twice) and the main provincial teams Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.
The England cricket team toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1929–30 season to play a Test series against New Zealand. This was the first Test series ever played in New Zealand. The England team was captained by Arthur Gilligan and included Frank Woolley, Duleep and Stan Nichols.
England won the series 1–0 with three matches drawn:
England began the tour in October 1929 in Australia where they played five first-class matches. For the Australian leg of the tour, see: History of Australian cricket from 1918-19 to 1930.
The New Zealand section of the tour began in December and, in addition to the Test series, England played each of Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.
The inaugural Test series between New Zealand and South Africa took place in New Zealand in 1931–32. South Africa won the two-match series 2–0 with no matches drawn:
Douglas Jardine's England toured New Zealand as an aftermath to its infamous "bodyline" tour of Australia. England and New Zealand played a two-match Test series which was altogether more peaceful than the one in Australia. Both Tests were drawn:
An MCC team led by Errol Holmes toured New Zealand from December 1935 to March 1936, playing eight first-class matches including four against New Zealand. They were not Test matches.
The MCC team that toured Australia in the 1936–37 season also played three matches in New Zealand at the end of the tour. They played no Test matches in New Zealand, although one of the matches was against a representative New Zealand XI, all of whose team members went on tour of England barely six weeks later and played three Test matches there. See : CricketArchive 1936–37.
Sir Julien Cahn's cricket team, captained by George Heane, toured New Zealand in February and March 1939 to play ten matches including one first-class fixture against the New Zealand national cricket team at Basin Reserve; this match was drawn. Cahn's XI also played against some of the provincial teams but these matches were 12-a-side and are not regarded as first-class.